Local journalist Brian Bothun has pleaded not guilty to one count of possessing child pornography after Atherton police seized computer equipment with hundreds of possibly illegal images, according to prosecutors.
appearance Sept. 30 in San Mateo County Superior Court, Bothun
also pleaded not guilty to one charge of possessing paraphernalia for drug use.Police say they found a glass pipe while searching his
Atherton home on March 26. Bothun
will appear in court again Oct. 16 for the scheduling of a preliminary hearing date. Bothun, 46, was a reporter for the Palo Alto Daily Post until he was suspended on July 20 following an altercation with police in Atherton in which he was cited for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
...Bothun also served as an editor at the Palo Alto Daily News from 2004 to 2005 and the San Mateo Daily News from 2001 to 2004.
The case against Bothun
was sparked by a tip, Wade said.
...If found guilty, Bothun could face up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Barton said Bothun
has several computers, linked to a large network, with numerous users.