4/28/2014 2:02:00 PM B'ville man going to prison for child porn
John Helms, 40, of Butlerville was sentenced to 30 months in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, a D felony. Jennings County Circuit Court Judge Jon Webster imposed the sentence after the defendant pled guilty. After considering evidence submitted by both sides, Helms received "nearly the maximum sentence," noted JC Prosecutor Alan Marshall, undoubtedly due to what he described as "the unspeakable horror" of the evidence presented. Helms was arrested last fall after the Indiana State Police received a "Cyber Tip" from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Helms had allegedly made allegations about abusing a 5-year-old in an internet chat. In an interview with the ISP, the defendant said he was only trying to impress the person in the chat room. and that he had never molested any child. He then volunteered to give police his phone and computer, where pornography was found on the phone. Marshall noted that from a prosecution standpoint, this case "turned out perfectly: the State Police brought us a nearly a nearly air-tight case; our evidence was strong enough to force the defendant to plead guilty and ask for mercy from the court; he received nearly the maximum sentence; and this investigation resulted in arrests being made by another perpetrator in another county." That arrest was for a woman in another county who allegedly sent Helms pornographic photos via her phone.