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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Pre-trial for Monroe City man delayed

  • A motion to admit evidence into the case against Daniel Mark Hemphill has pushed back his pre-trial conference to next week.
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  • A motion to admit evidence into the case against Daniel Mark Hemphill has pushed back his pre-trial conference to next week.
    Hemphill is charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography and promoting child pornography in the first degree. In a separate case, which will be tried in conjunction, Hemphill is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and statutory sodomy in the first degree.
    The 51-year-old, whose address is documented as 401 North Chestnut in Monroe City, was scheduled for pre-trial conference at the Monroe County Courthouse in Paris Thursday, but the motion submitted by the prosecution means a hearing should be held. That will take place at 10:30 a.m. next Thursday, July 18 along with the pre-trial conference.
    According to court records, the sexual exploitation of a minor charge stems from June 17, 2012 where he allegedly "created child pornography by photographing sexual contact involving an adult and a minor child that has a person under the age of 14 years as a participant." Also from June 17, 2012 is the statutory sodomy charge where Hemphill allegedly "had sexual intercourse with (a minor child), who was less than 12-years-old.."
    Additional documents read Hemphill promoted child pornography by "knowing its content and character posed with the intent to distribute obscene material consisting of photographs or pictures depicting adult subjecting children engaging acts of deviate sexual intercourse that has a person under the age of 14-years-old as one of the participants."
    Dates resulting in possession of child pornography charges include May 14, 2012, July 6, 2012, July 18, 2012, August 10, 2012 and January 1, 2010.
    Included in the probable cause statement, there is notation of a document indicating Hemphill was willing to trade and send pictures of child pornography. In the document Hemphill says, "love girls of all ages, but 3 to 14 are my faves ... not in to boys at this time."
    Trial is scheduled for August 21 to August 23.
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