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Scott A. Gentry

Scott A. Gentry

ARGENTA — The case of a bank worker police said was caught with more than 3,000 images of child pornography on his phone could be resolved without a trial.

Scott A. Gentry, 57, is pleading not guilty to 10 counts of possession of child porn depicting child victims 13 or younger. A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said Gentry was arrested at Gerber State Bank in Argenta on Jan. 24 after a co-worker alerted police. The co-worker had walked up to ask Gentry a question, the affidavit said, and she happened to glance at his phone screen and saw an image of a girl younger than 4 in a sexual pose.

At a hearing Monday before Macon County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Griffith, the state attorney’s office, the judge and defense attorney Chris Amero agreed to have a “402 conference” Wednesday afternoon to discuss the case.

These conferences allow lawyers to talk over case details with the judge and give their views on the evidence and what witnesses are likely to say. The judge will then make a recommendation about what he thinks an appropriate sentence should be. The recommendation could then lead to a plea deal for the defendant. 

The affidavit said Gentry at first denied any knowledge of the pornography but later admitted to accessing photos via the Internet and saving them to his phone. “I asked Scott how old most of the young people are on his phone and he stated ‘Under 12 years of age, I know that’," the affidavit quoted him as telling police.

Under more questioning, the affidavit said Gentry admitted being in possession of hundreds of photographs and short video clips featuring boys and girls as young as 3 engaged in sex acts.

Gentry remains in the custody of the Macon County Jail in lieu of posting $100,000 bail.


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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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