On April 2, 2014, a three judge panel of the Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the conviction of Emanuel Leonardo Lopez in the Superior Court of Catoosa County for the offenses of Computer Pornography and Criminal Attempt to Commit Aggravated Child Molestation. Lopez had been indicted by the Catoosa County Grand Jury on July 7, 2010 based upon an investigation conducted by the Innocent Images Task Force, a group consisting of local law enforcement working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Lopez was tried by a Catoosa County jury and was convicted on March 30, 2011. The State was represented by Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Arnt and the defendant was represented by McNeil Stokes, an Atlanta area attorney. Judge Jon B. Wood presided over the trial. The defendant was sentenced to a term of fifteen years with the first ten years to be served in the state prison system.
Herbert E. Franklin 4/2/2014