Man gets 6 months for obscene material

When police knocked on James Marshall's door in October, they wanted to serve an arrest warrant. Instead, they stumbled upon pictures of naked children.

The discovery and subsequent arrest led to Marshall's guilty plea in June and his sentencing Tuesday to six months in jail, followed by two years' probation on a charge of possession of obscene material.

"I think it's a good thing," Smith said, adding that while Marshall was never accused of molestation, he was still a child predator.

Marshall wasn't in his house when law enforcement arrived Oct. 21 to serve a warrant, but they noticed someone was in the shed behind his house. Officers knocked and Marshall opened the door, revealing thousands of images inside.

Cartoon images and pictures on discs were also found. Smith said no local children were depicted, but the images were likely downloaded from the Internet.

Marshall must register as a sex offender as part of his sentence, Smith said.