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 a 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 around 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 also was charged with child molestation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after police found sexually explicit photos of several young boys.

Police Cpl. Amanda 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.

In an unusual chain of events,

Porter was originally considered a victim by police due to an armed robbery that allegedly 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 reportedly 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 that 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.

Hogan also told Judge Mary Buckner during a Columbus 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 teen later told police that when officers came to Porter's home, Porter took him 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.

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

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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