James Colby Maddox (Credit: Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

Cobb County man gets 5 years in child porn sharing case

A Marietta man convicted on child pornography charges has been ordered to spend five years behind bars, Cobb County officials said.

James Colby Maddox, 32, was convicted Tuesday on charges involving possessing and distributing sexually explicit videos and pictures of children, said Kim Isaza, the spokeswoman for the Office of Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds.

During the two-day trial, Cobb County authorities said Maddox, who has a degree in computer science, transmitted videos and images through two different file-sharing programs on two different computers. On one of those computers, Maddox kept the files in a shared folder for others to access.

“This defendant admitted having the file-sharing accounts, admitted that he had those accounts for downloading pornography, acknowledged that you have to type in search terms to find specific kinds of pornography, admitted he had seen kids on the pornography, and that it was left on his computers, but claims it was all an accident,” prosecutor Hannah Palmquist said. “He continually chose to view those files, and there were many files. If this were an accident, it wouldn’t be repeated over and over.”

Maddox was found guilty on four counts of sexual exploitation of children, but acquitted of three other sexual exploitation charges, Isaza said.

The judge immediately sentenced Maddox to 20 years, with five years to serve in prison and the rest on probation.

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