Nevada County Supervisor Under Investigation for Alleged Child Porn Searches

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department has launched a criminal investigation over child pornography searches allegedly conducted by County Supervisor Terry Lamphier. Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey confirmed the probe last Monday, three days after the Major Crimes Unit served a search warrant on Lamphier’s home.

“Last week, we received information from a letter delivered to the county alleging inappropriate use of a computer system,” said Nevada County Undersheriff Joe Salivar.

Acting on the tip, county administrators assembled a log of internet searches conducted from Lamphier’s computer. Their investigation revealed a multitude of searches for “preteen girls” and other “unacceptable” pursuits that led to thousands of pornographic website visits.

“These children were underage, looked between 6 and 10 and they were nude pictures,” said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal. County prosecutors are now discussing potential federal charges with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento, he added.

On Thursday, Lamphier issued a statement through his attorney, denying the accusations.

“I have not proactively and knowingly ‘clicked on, visited, or downloaded’ any inappropriate material from sites such as those referenced by local news agencies,” Lamphier said. “I have confidence that as the matter proceeds, these distinctions will be recognized by law enforcement and there will be a quick and just resolution of this investigation.”

Lamphier was first elected to the board in 2010 but lost his bid for re-election in June. He is currently running for a seat on the Grass Valley City Council.

Read more about the allegations here.


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