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Appeal set for former deputy
Attorney will argue insufficient evidence
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Forsyth County News

 

Three federal judges are scheduled to hear arguments Thursday morning for a former Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy appealing his conviction on federal child pornography charges.

Milton Scott Pruitt's hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

Pruitt was convicted in 2009 on one count each of knowingly receiving child pornography on his home and work computers.

In February 2010, U.S. District Judge William O'Kelley sentenced Pruitt to eight years and two months in federal prison.

"The primary issue is insufficient evidence and that's what I'll be arguing," said Ann Marie Fitz, Pruitt's attorney.

She declined to comment further on the matter.

Pruitt also faces state charges.

In 2008, he pleaded not guilty in Forsyth County Superior Court to five counts of violation of oath by public officer, two counts of theft by taking and one count of computer theft.

The state case has not yet gone to trial.

Pruitt was accused of using his county-issued computer to access files belonging to the sheriff's Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce without authorization. He was fired in May 2007 amid the allegations.

Less than a week after the former sergeant's termination, he was arrested and charged with 20 felony counts of violation of the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act.

In addition, he was charged with one count each of theft by taking, theft by conversion, computer trespass and violation of oath of office.

He later ran unsuccessfully for sheriff against Ted Paxton in the July 2008 Republican primary.