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Nude child photo found; man arrested

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Police are searching the computer of a Greenwood photographer who they said took pictures of a naked young boy and are investigating whether he took inappropriate pictures of other children.

John Spurr, 64, was arrested on three charges of child exploitation after a woman reported finding child pornography on his computer. Police have seized his computer and plan to search it.

The computer was kept at his home, 625 E. Pushville Road, where he also operated a photography business, Evergreen Photographic Illustration and Design, Greenwood Assistant Police Chief Matt Fillenwarth said. Spurr is a professional photographer, and his company’s website says he has been in business for more than 25 years, photographing everything from food to weddings for clients.

Spurr told police he used a cellphone to take a nude photo of a young boy he was acquainted with and had downloaded photos of nude children from the Internet, according to a police report.

The child pictured in the photograph was not the child of a customer of the photography business.

Police plan an in-depth forensic search of Spurr’s computer. Spurr already told police he took one photo, so investigators need to find out if he took any more, Fillenwarth said.

The process to scan Spurr’s hard drive could take weeks, he said. “We just don’t have those answers yet until (Detective Sgt. Eric Klinkowski) is able to do the forensics,” Fillenwarth said. “Until you actually sit down and go through that hard drive, we just don’t know.”

Police were called Wednesday by a social worker who said one of her clients told her she had found child pornography on Spurr’s computer.

Officers spoke with the woman who had found the images. She told them she was browsing on Spurr’s computer and found the pictures in a folder titled “pornography,” according to a police report. She showed officers photos she had taken of the images with her cellphone, the report said.

Spurr told police he had downloaded photos after doing online searches and had some images that were saved more than six months ago, the report said. Spurr told police he saved images, including some of boys younger than 8, as well as one that he took of a younger child, the report said.

The woman told police that Spurr asked her to delete the photos before officers arrived at the house, and she refused, the report said. Spurr then went inside the house for a few minutes, but she was unsure if he attempted to delete any files, she said.

Even if Spurr deleted photos, the scanning software police use should be able to retrieve those files, Fillenwarth said.

Spurr was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held on $14,000 bond.

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