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Local man faces vast array of child porn charges

By Walter Geiger A local man is in jail and likely will be for a long time after a bizarre chain of events that began when he entered Lamar County High School early on Oct. 17 and posted nude photos of a minor female family member in boys’ bathrooms on campus. According to sheriff Brad White, Lance Kershaw, 59, of 1041 Hwy. 41 South entered the school at about 6:30 a.m. and hung the photos using zip ties. He was spotted by a janitor carrying a book and sent to the office. He spoke with someone there and apparently passed himself off as an employee of an outside company working on maintenance at the school, the sheriff said. Several male students arrived at the school, removed the photos from the restrooms and took them to the office. A review of surveillance video led to Kershaw’s arrest. There was some sort of conflict between Kershaw and the female that led to his actions. Investigators who went to Kershaw’s residence found multiple computers and hard drives containing still and video images of minor children engaged in sexual activity. Chief magistrate Karen Jackson issued warrants on 362 counts – 360 of which were for sexual exploitation of children. The other two were for criminal trespass and computer pornography. Sheriff White said the GBI was called in and is processing multiple electronic devices and hard drives. ‘There will likely be many more charges. It could take six months for the crime lab to go through all his stuff,’ the sheriff concluded.

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