Cropwell man faces pornography charges involving minor
by Elsie Hodnett
Nov 09, 2011 | 4030 views |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PELL CITY — A former St. Clair County employee was indicted for producing pornography with a minor.

According to the indictment, Michael Chandley Smith, 55, of Cropwell, “did knowingly film, print, record, photograph or otherwise produce obscene matter that contains a visual reproduction of a person under the age of 17.”

Smith is charged with four counts of production of obscene matter with a minor.

St. Clair County Assistant District Attorney Lamar Williamson said production of obscene matter with a minor is a Class A felony, punishable by 10 years to life in prison for each count.

Williamson said Smith was arrested on one count of production of obscene matter with a minor on May 2 and was released on bond.

“The grand jury indictment added three additional counts of production of obscene matter with a minor for a total of four counts,” he said.

Williamson said Smith was arrested Nov. 2 after the grand jury indictment and was released on a $20,000 bond.

“Under the bond conditions, he is to have no contact with his family or persons under the age of 18,” Williamson said. “And he will reside with his natural mother.”

St. Clair County administrator Kellie Long said Smith worked in the St. Clair County Commission office as human resources officer until his resignation May 11, shortly after his initial arrest.

An attorney for Smith was not available for immediate comment Tuesday.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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