Music promoter Stevie Porter charged with marijuana following sexual exploitation of minors accusations

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 8, 2013 

Police have added marijuana charges to the case of local music promoter who has been accused of sexually exploiting two teenage boys and collecting explicit photos of minors, according to a Columbus Police Department report.

Stevie Porter, 40, who was arrested on outstanding warrants Wednesday at about 9:30 a.m., has been charged with marijuana possession in addition to sexually exploiting a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy. Porter was also charged with child molestation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after police received sexually explicit photos of several young boys.

In an unusual chain of events, Porter was originally considered a victim by police due to an armed robbery that took place at Porter's 6832 Forrest Road home on Jan. 26. After a 17-year-old found a photo of himself on Porter's phone and began asking him if he was gay, he and other youths beat Porter with a tire tool and then stole $1,200 worth of music equipment and his computer monitor and keyboard.

Later, the youths told local attorney Alfonza Whitaker Porter's computer contained multiple sexually explicit photos of minors. From there, the computer was turned over to police, who began combing through the files after filing a search warrant.

Police Cpl. Amanda Hogan also told Judge Mary Buckner during a 2 p.m. Recorder's Court hearing Thursday that Porter was connected to a Dec. 7 missing person case in which a 14-year-old was seen getting into Porter's car. The youth later told police that when officers came to Porter's home, he took the boy to a back room and told him to be quiet. He later allegedly showed the boy a pornographic video and attempted to get him to sleep in the same bed with him.

Porter's arrest report says he has been accused of giving minors access to alcohol and other drugs. During a search which took place on 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at his Forrest Road home, police found 2.4 grams of marijuana.

Hogan told the court Thursday that additional charges may be filed, as four other victims have been identified. A fifth victim may be added at a later date once police talk to the youth's parents, Hogan said.

Buckner ordered Porter held without Bond. The case has been sent to Superior Court.

Porter has appeared in local news reports on endeavors such as a 1995 Youth Business Expo to be held at the 5548 Luna Drive office of Giving a Chance Enterprises, of which he was a cofounder. That location is also Porter’s office for his Music Industry Advancement Network, which he said mentors young artists and helps them negotiate with music promoters. According to a Ledger-Enquirer report, Porter said he also planned to start A&R Talent Exclusive, helping promote young artists in southwest Georgia.

According to his Columbus Musician Greenroom profile, Porter is the founder of Popular Beat Music Entertainment Worldwide, Fans Against Piracy Inc. and Music Roots Enterprises. He hosts entertainment events in Columbus and Atlanta.

Porter also has acted as a spokesman for families publicly raising complaints about the actions of local law enforcement.

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