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UPDATE:

After more than 4 hours of deliberation, the jury in the child porn case of John Spaulding has come to verdict Thursday night.

The jury finds John Spaulding guilty on most counts, except three counts against him.

John Spaulding threw his head down and shook it in disbelief. His family members and friends burst into tears while Judge Sadler read the verdict.

Spaulding was charged with 56 counts of child sex crimes. He was charged with 50 counts of possession of child porn and 6 counts of sexual abuse.

Spaulding was found guilty on all counts of child porn and on all counts related to an instance of sexual abuse of a minor that happened around February 17 and/or 18, 2012.

The three counts he was found not guilty of pertained to an alleged second instance of abuse.

The 3 year-old victim's grandmother told 59News what the victim supposedly told her about the alleged night at the hotel.

"She said John was at the motel. I asked her how she knew it was John. She said he came to the door and knocked and Kim let him in. That came straight out of her mouth," said the young victim's grandmother, Kim Dawson.

Day 4 of the trial began with the defense resting and the prosecution calling 3 witnesses to the stand. Then both attorney's presented their closing arguments.

"Whether she initiates this sick episode or not is irrelevant to what you have to determine. What you have to determine is whether he did the things that the evidence shows that he did," said Chief Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler.

"Not only is there not a single iota of evidence. There's nothing but the word of Kim Cox. Nothing. Not a text, not a receipt. Not a witness," said Spaulding's attorney Harold Wolfe.

The Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has confirmed that Spaulding will be sentenced on June 2 at 9:30 a.m.

 


 

UPDATE:

After four hours of deliberation the jury in the John Spaulding sex crimes trial returns a verdict.  The jurors found Spaulding guilty on charges 1 - 3, not guilty on charges 4 - 6 and guilty on charges 7 - 56.

Spaulding was taken to Southern Regional Jail.  He will now undergo a sex offender evaluation.  Watch for more information as it becomes available here and on the air.


ORIGINAL STORY:

 It's day 3 of the child porn case of John Spaulding in Mercer County.

John Spaulding is charged with 56 counts of child sex crimes. He took the stand and testified Wednesday.

Wednesday morning began with the prosecution showing to the jury texts sent between John Spaulding and Kimberly Cox. Cox pleaded guilty last year to sexual abuse and sexual assault of a minor. She said in a plea agreement that she helped Spaulding commit the alleged acts.

The prosecution showed the messages allegedly showing Spaulding asking Cox to do sexual acts a minor. Defense attorney Harold Wolfe is working to prove Kimberly's testimony is faulty saying she's been lying throughout this case.

The prosecution then rested.

The defense spent the day presenting their evidence and several witnesses took the stand.

When friend of the Spaulding family Tracy Lewis took the stand, she told the jury that she has thought of Kim Cox for a long time as an untrustworthy person, she also told the jury that she suggested to Spaulding he should not be Cox's friend.

Wolfe is also trying to prove there is no evidence showing Spaulding himself ever had sex with the child and he is trying to prove Kimberly Cox put the sexual texts and photographs on Spaulding's laptop and cell phone without his knowledge.

"She always had his computer. We were outside one time and she came and got his phone, which I didn't understand because she had her own phone," said Lewis.

"There was so many people that I let use it that I actually took the password off of it," said Spaulding.

Who used it?," asked Wolfe.

"Everybody. Mom, Stephanie, my kids, my niece," Spaulding said.

Thursday morning Spaulding will take the stand again to be cross examined, before another witness will take the stand. The attorney's will then begin their closing arguments and the jury will go into deliberation.