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UPDATE: Spaulding found guilty of all but three counts

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John Spaulding on the stand; photo by Kristen Conner John Spaulding on the stand; photo by Kristen Conner
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PRINCETON (WVVA) - A Jury has found a man accused of sex crimes against children guilty of all but three counts against him.

John Spaulding was charged with 56 counts of child sex crimes, including 50 counts of child porn possession and six counts of sexual abuse.

Spaulding was found guilty of all child porn counts, and all counts related to an instance of abuse that occurred on or around Feb. 17-18, 2012. The three counts he was found not guilty of pertained to an alleged second instance of abuse.

Spaulding dropped and shook his head as the verdict was read.

Closing arguments began Thursday morning -- day four of the trial -- and the jury began deliberating around noon.
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PRINCETON (WVVA) - The man accused of sex crimes against children took the stand in his own defense Wednesday.

John Spaulding is charged with 56 counts of child sex crimes, including 50 counts of child porn possession.

Defense attorney Harold Wolfe told WVVA Wednesday that the defense would aim to prove Kimberly Cox's access to Spaulding's phone and computer.

Cox, who has previously pleaded guilty last year to sexual abuse and sexual assault of a minor in connection with the case, testified on Tuesday that she helped Spaulding arrange -- and even witnessed -- the alleged acts.

Shortly after a recess for lunch, Spaulding took the stand and told the court "almost everything Kim told you was a lie."

Spaulding denied multiple texts between he and Cox that would implicate him in the alleged acts, denied any sexual misconduct with children and denied being involved with placing or viewing the child pornography on his computer.

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PRINCETON (WVVA) - Prosecutors called more witnesses to the stand Tuesday as the John Spaulding trial continued in Princeton -- including the woman who said she helped Spaulding commit the alleged acts.

Spaulding is charged with 56 counts of child sex crimes, including 50 counts of child porn possession.

On Tuesday afternoon, Kimberly Cox took the stand. Cox pleaded guilty last year to sexual abuse and sexual assault of a minor in connection with the case.

Cox testified Tuesday that she helped arrange ways for Spaulding to assault young girls -- including her daughter -- at his request.

She said she saw Spaulding commit sexual assault with her own eyes.

Cox also admitted to taking photos of the victims and sending them at Spaulding's request.

Cox told the court she originally did not mention Spaulding to police because she didn't want to get him in trouble. She said he was her best friend. Defense attorneys allege that she didn't mention him to police until she knew she had something to gain, hopefully creating a scapegoat.

Spaulding's attorney attempted to discredit Cox's testimony during cross-examination, pointing out the number of false personas she admitted to creating online to meet and deceive men in order to prove her history of lies.

Cox received the maximum sentence
for her guilty plea in January.

Tuesday's testimony began with cyber crimes experts and computer forensics analysts taking the stand. Both sides were debating how many times -- if at all -- the files containing child pornography found on Spaulding's computer were viewed.

Jurors viewed the images in question as they were entered into evidence.

Investigators were detailing file creation and modification dates as determined by computer data sheets.

Before Tuesday's testimony began, one juror was excused and replaced by an alternate. Spaulding's previous trial ended in a mistrial after a juror claimed she couldn't continue during deliberations.

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PRINCETON, W. Va (WVVA)-- John Spaulding, the man charged with 56 counts of child sex crimes, including 50 counts of child porn possession, was back in court Monday for retrial.

His first was declared a mistrial after a juror claimed she couldn't continue her duties during deliberations.

Spaulding appeared calm and collected as first prosecutors, then his own attorney began opening arguments.

The state is attempting to prove that Spaulding was involved in sexual acts with young girls-- even asking for photos of them to support a dangerous and illegal habit. Assistant prosecutor George Sitler said some of their evidence involves texts between Spaulding and his co-defendant, Kim Cox.

Spaulding's attorney, Harold Wolfe, claims that evidence was fabricated by Cox, then pinned on Spaulding to make him look guilty. If you recall, Kim Cox was recently convicted of sexually abusing her own daughter.

She's the state's main witness against Spaulding as a result of her plea deal. Sitler said although she has a history of deception, she will testify that she had multiple fake online personas that Spaulding fell for-- and then he became captivated by her sexual text messages and eventually, the child pornography she would send him.

"There is no question," Sitler said before the jury, "there is no question, that children were sexually abused, and sexually exploited, by this man here."

But Wolfe said this was all an elaborate lie fabricated by Cox.

"[As for the photos and] text messages? There's no denying that they exist. But we will prove that they were generated by Kim Cox for her own reasons," he said to the jury. Wolfe said Cox had access to Spaulding's cell phone and computer, and that many of these conversations Cox is said to have had with Spaulding were fake.

After opening arguments, the prosecution called its first witnesses, including Bluefield Police officer B.L. Hamm who first began investigating the computer on which compromising photos of children were found.

Attorneys said this trial could continue most of the week, and asked the jury to prepare for the graphic images they will be shown in the next few days.

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