BENTON — The jury trial has been delayed for Curtis Carr, the Mulkeytown man accused of possession of child pornography among other child sex crimes.
During a pretrial hearing at the Franklin County Courthouse in Benton, Carr’s attorney, Aaron Hopkins, of West Frankfort, filed for a motion of continuance, waiving Carr’s right to a speedy trial. Carr was originally scheduled to sit before a jury June 6. He will now appear at 1:30 p.m. July 6 for another pretrial hearing.
During Carr’s arraignment April 6 before Judge Thomas Tedeschi, Franklin County State’s Attorney Evan Owens presented a superseding bill of indictment containing the charges filed against Car. He is charged with three counts of possessing child pornography depicting persons under the age of 18, one count of indecent solicitation of a child older than 13 years old, but not more than 17 years old, and one count of grooming involving a child older than 13 years old but not older than 17 years old.
According to a March news release from Owens’ office, a Franklin County grand jury returned the bill of indictment March 17. The release said the offenses are alleged to have taken place between June 2016 and July 2016.
Appearing before the court March 21, Carr was read the charges against him and was appointed Kevin Popit and later Jason Drew as his public defender. However, during a subsequent court appearance, Drew recused himself, citing a conflict of interest. Hopkins was then appointed to his case.
Carr has been to court on similar charges in the past. In 2004, Carr was charged with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault in Williamson County. One of these counts was dismissed while the last two went to jury trial where he was found not guilty.
Carr is being held in Jackson County under Union County’s custody on $250,000 bond.