A local man who has long touted himself as a music promoter and mentor to young artists will be held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail as police continue sorting through his cell phone and computer searching for explicit photos of minors.
It’s a bizarre case that began Jan 26 when 40-year-old Stevie Porter reported that six to seven black youths, two of whom he knew, robbed him of electronic equipment in his 6832 Forrest Road home.
According to police, among the youths was a 17-year-old who found a photo of himself on Porter’s cell phone and started asking, “Are you gay, man?” The youths then beat him with a tire tool and took $1,200 worth of equipment from his home, including his computer monitor and keyboard, Porter told investigators.
But in the eyes of police, Porter soon went from victim to suspect when the youths contacted attorney Alfonza Whitaker, the brother of Chief Assistant District Attorney Alonza Whitaker, and told him Porter’s computer files included multiple sexually explicit images of minors. Whitaker got the equipment and turned it over to police, who got a search warrant and began combing through it.
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Meanwhile detectives were alerted to a Dec. 7 missing person’s case in which a 14-year-old boy reportedly was seen getting into Porter’s vehicle. Police found and questioned the boy, who told them Porter took the boy to Porter’s home, and when police came, Porter took the boy into a back room and told him to be quiet until the officers left. Later he showed the boy a pornographic video on his computer and tried to persuade the youth to sleep in the same bed with him, police said.
That incident resulted in Porter’s being charged with child molestation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, detectives said. For the images police so far have identified on his computer and cell phone, he has been charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Police arrested Porter on outstanding warrants at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to his arrest report, which says Porter had explicit photos of a 17-year-old boy on his Toshiba laptop. It also says Porter allegedly gave the 17-year-old and the 14-year-old alcohol and other drugs. During Porter’s preliminary hearing today in Columbus Recorder’s Court, police Cpl. Amanda Hogan said she intends to file more charges against him this evening, having identified four other victims from the images officers have examined. A fifth victim may be added once detectives talk to the youth’s parents, Hogan said.
Judge Mary Buckner asked how long police believe Porter had been collecting such images. Hogan said at least a year.
Buckner ordered Porter held without bond and sent the case to Muscogee Superior Court.
Porter over the years 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 in a story two weeks earlier was identified as Porter’s office for his Music Industry Advancement Network, which he said would mentor young artists and help them negotiate with music promoters. In that 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 over the years also has acted as a spokesman for families publicly raising complaints about the actions of local law enforcement.