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Kiefling trial set for May 6

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Brazil man arrested Jan. 15 for allegedly sending illicit text messages to a juvenile has a jury trial scheduled for May 6.

According to court documents, Jeremy Kiefling, 33, Brazil, recently appeared in Clay Superior Court and entered a plea of not guilty on a charge of Dissemination of Matter that is Harmful to a Minor, a class D felony.

Kiefling appeared in front of Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers Jan. 17, with counsel Jason Brown.

A pre-trial conference was scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Feb. 25, with a jury trial set for 1:30 p.m., May 6.

After being released in January and granted home detention through GPS under the supervision of Clay County Community Corrections, Kiefling was arrested again Jan. 24, after home detention officers allegedly discovered pornographic material in Kiefling's home.

According to court documents, on Thursday, Judge Akers ruled Kiefling be released from the Clay County Justice Center and be granted home detention through GPS.

Clay County Community Corrections Executive Director Mary Brown told The Brazil Times Kiefling was fitted with an ankle bracelet for home detention, which will be monitored by the organization's computer system.

"Basically, he can't leave home unless he's working," Brown said, adding Kiefling is required to provide a weekly schedule to the organization.

The initial charges stemmed from a juvenile's father discovering alleged illicit text messages on the juvenile's cell phone.

The father, according to Clay County Sheriff's Department officials, immediately contacted authorities.

Officials said in the text messages, Kiefling allegedly solicited the juvenile for graphic photographs.

During the course of the investigation, officials said a graphic photo, allegedly of and sent by Kiefling, was sent to the minor in the presence of officers.

On Jan. 23, Akers issued a no-contact order between Kiefling and the juvenile. The order stipulated Kiefling was not allowed within a quarter-of-a-mile of the victim's home, school or workplace.

"We set boundaries around those places," Brown added.

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