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British man pleads guilty to child porn charge in Hawaii court

By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:03 a.m. HST, Jan 11, 2012

A British national pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography Tuesday, and admitted having molested three boys.

Simon McCarty, 39, has been held in Hawaii since his arrest in August 2008 at Hilo International Airport, when he tried to fly to Oahu with digital media containing child pornography. The evidence seized from his luggage and laptop computer included about 400 still images and nearly 200 videos of child porn, including videos of the three boys he molested between 2005 and 2007 outside the United States.

He is the wealthy son of an English rock star Jim McCarty, drummer for the legendary 1960s British rock group The Yardbirds, whose entourage also included Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

McCarty entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Michael Seabright, who ordered him to be sentenced on June 12. 

McCarty will face between 15 and 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, up to a lifetime of supervised release and a restitution order.

In August, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 2008 screening that lead to the discovery of child pornography was within the permissible scope of administrative searches.

McCarty's attorney had argued that the evidence should be suppressed because they were found during a routine search for explosives and not because Transportation Security Adminstration screeners were looking for evidence of child pornography.  

On McCarty's MySpace page, he posted videos of the Pegasus Children's Project he founded in Nepal. There is a photo of him surrounded by orphans.

McCarty is also the founder and chief facilitator of a company called Talking Drums, which provides consciousness and team-building corporate seminars using drums and other percussion instruments. He was in Hawaii for a seminar at Mokuleia.

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