September 14, 2012 12:12:35 PM
A Columbus man charged with child pornography is back home after being arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.
Noel Everett Sumrall appeared before Judge David Sanders in federal court in Aberdeen where he was placed on supervised pre-trial release.
He was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond, meaning Sumrall did not have to pay the bond. However, if he violates the terms of his release, he will be placed into custody and will have to pay the $50,000.
The terms of his release include reporting for supervision to the U.S. Probation Service, surrendering his passport, restrictions on travel to places only in the Northern District of Mississippi. In addition, Sumrall cannot possess a firearm or any other weapon, cannot "excessively use alcohol,'' or unlawfully possess any controlled substance. He will be required to submit to location monitoring by the U.S. Probation Service and he must report any contact with law enforcement.
Due to the nature of his alleged crime, a requirement was added stating Sumrall is not allowed Internet access.
Investigators with the Columbus Police Department arrested Sumrall in December 2011 after they received a Crimestoppers tip. Investigators discovered seven pad-locked trunks containing thousands of images of child pornography. The children varied in age from 4 to 17 and were reportedly mostly young boys.
Sumrall was released on a $7,500 dollar bond.
He was indicted in federal court Aug. 30.
His trial date has not yet been set.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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