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A Cheney man who distributed child pornography using his former co-worker's stolen identity is back in jail.
John Alan Harmon, 57, was ordered held without bail this morning on federal allegations that he distributed child pornography last January and in October 2009. The sex offender left prison in 2005 after serving about three years for the same crime.
His lawyer, Bevan Maxey, said Harmon has strong ties to Cheney and will show up for court if he's out of jail, but U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno said he needed a more structured release plan before he could be released.
“There is not issue as far as risk of flight. The issue in this case is risk to the community,” Imbrogno said. “My impression is Mr. Harmon is really trying, but these alleged difficulties are simply too pervasive right now.”
A grand jury indicted Harmon on charges of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He also could be forced to forfeit a computer seized from his home on Jan. 7, 2010.
Harmon faces at least 15 years in prison because of his previous conviction for distribution of child pornography. He was arrested Monday and pleaded not guilty to both charges in U.S. District Court that afternoon.
A motorist who ran over a Spokane man near Finch Arboretum two years ago was acquitted of vehicular homicide on Tuesday.
William L. Hagy, 31, argued he never saw the victim, 51-year-old Robert Kenyon, who was crossing an unmarked crosswalk on Nov. 20, 2007, and suggested it could have been because the man suffers from Parkinson’s disease and may have fallen into the road. It was foggy at the time of the collision.
“I’m very happy and relieved for Mr. Hagy,” said defense attorney Bevan Maxey. “It’s been a horrible experience, first discovering this gentleman under his vehicle, then having to stand trial … for an accident.”
The trial in Spokane County Superior Court lasted about a week.