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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Ada man gets 10 years in child abuse case; Non-jury trial continued in porn case

  • An Ada man convicted by a Pottawatomie County jury last month in a child abuse case was formally sentenced Wednesday to serve 10 years in prison while a former city worker’s non-jury trial set to resume Wednesday afternoon was postponed until May 11.


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  • An Ada man convicted by a Pottawatomie County jury last month in a child abuse case was formally sentenced Wednesday to serve 10 years in prison while a former city worker’s non-jury trial set to resume Wednesday afternoon was postponed until May 11.
    Sentencing
    James Samuel Jones III, 29, Ada, stood trial in Pottawatomie County District Court in March on charges relating to a 2010 case.
    He was accused of felony child abuse by injury and was accused of striking a 1-year-old on the back multiple times on June 9, 2010. He also was charged with the misdemeanor of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor, accused of assaulting his girlfriend by punching her in the eye and burning her with a cigarette in front of the child, charges read. Shawnee police investigated the case in 2010.
    The jury recommended Jones be sentenced to 10 years in prison and pay a $5,000 fine in the child abuse count, and to serve one year in the county jail and pay a $5,000 fine for the assault and battery charge.
    Wednesday, District Judge John Canavan followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Jones to 10 years with the Department of Corrections in the child abuse count and one year in the county jail for the misdemeanor. The sentences run consecutively and Canavan also ordered the $5,000 fine in each count.
    Non-jury trial update
    A former city of Shawnee employee having his case heard before a judge as part of a non-jury trial was expected to have his case conclude Wednesday, but it has been continued until May 11.
    The trial for David Andrew Combs, 46, a former airport employee, began last week. He was charged in June 2010 with possession of juvenile pornography after images were found on his city-owned work computer.
    As his case has moved through the court system, he waived his right to a jury trial and instead chose to have his case heard before Judge Canavan.
    Combs is charged with one felony count and is accused of possessing juvenile porn between May 10 and May 12, 2010, by having photos depicting minors under age 18 performing acts or other types of sexual conduct, court documents show.
    At the time of the alleged offense, Combs, who began his job with the city of Shawnee in March 2008, was employed as an airport attendant at Shawnee Regional Airport.
    An investigation was launched by Shawnee police when a red flag in the city’s computer system indicated computer searches against city policy had been entered on Combs’ computer. As a result of the investigation and charges, Combs is no longer employed with the city.
    Watch for updates.
     

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