December 2, 2009 10:05:00 AM
ABERDEEN -- A Lowndes County man arrested during an investigation into his missing stepdaughter pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
Robert Warren Triplett Jr., 56, of 181 Golding Road, had his initial appearance in Aberdeen at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi on charges of activities regarding materials constituting or containing child pornography.
Triplett''s trial is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2010 in Oxford before Chief Judge Mike Mills, according to court records.
Triplett was arrested in October when investigators found explicit photos of minor children on a computer obtained from his home during an investigation into the disappearance of his stepdaughter.
Triplett''s stepdaughter, Kaila Morris, 21, has been missing since Sept. 17, when she was last seen by Triplett, who said she left the home he shared with Morris'' mother, Bonnie Morris Triplett, in a dark-colored van or sport utility vehicle, with an unknown person or people.
Morris'' mother was vacationing in Florida at the time.
Robert Triplett was arrested following a prayer service for Morris. Volunteers had searched for Morris prior to the service. Authorities have said that Triplett is not connected to Morris'' disappearance.
Triplett, who had past arrests for sex crimes in Mississippi and Louisiana, was on non-adjudicated probation from 2003 charges of attempted sexual battery in Jackson County.
Triplett''s attorney is Gary Goodwin of Columbus,
U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner of U.S. Attorney''s Office in Oxford is prosecuting the case.
Richard commented at 12/2/2009 11:59:00 AM:
I hope folks, especially all those who back in October were shouting for a lynching, will take time to read and digest this sentence: "Authorities have said that Triplett is not connected to Morris' disappearance."
It does NOT say he remains a person of interest; it does NOT say he's a suspect. It doesn't even say "Police continue to question him about his stepdaughter's disappearance." It says he is NOT CONNECTED.
It also says he's pleaded not guilty to current charges, so let's remember that, last time I checked, innocence was assumed until proven guilty.
jenks commented at 12/2/2009 12:38:00 PM:
Didn't he pled not guilty to the other charges? How did the porn get on pc. Law enforcement stated were pictures of 3 and 4 years old. who would want him around their daughter?
Richard commented at 12/2/2009 12:56:00 PM:
I guess you missed the part about innocent until proven guilty on child porn charges.
Please supply the reference where you read anything about 3 and 4 y/o. I have seen that NOWHERE, other than perhaps your small mind.
I commented at 12/2/2009 2:11:00 PM:
Richard, what about previous court records and money exchanged to reduce or coverup past charges. I believe in innocent til proven but, let us play by the same rules not by a lump sum of money.
Richard commented at 12/2/2009 2:37:00 PM:
What money exchanged to reduce or cover up past charges? What are you talking about?
Come on: let's hear the whole paranoid fantasy cuz I sure haven't seen any documentation of anything like this unless you'd like to share it here, which I invite you to do.
Here's something for you to think about: how do the definitions of "rumor" and "truth" differ?
gailtempleton commented at 12/3/2009 10:34:00 AM:
once a sex ofeder allways one
letmeguess commented at 12/3/2009 11:56:00 AM:
let me guess richard you are probably one of the idiots that thinks brian holliman is innocent.
Richard commented at 12/3/2009 12:21:00 PM:
Learn to spell. Then become a psychologist. Then opinions like the one you express here might be taken seriously.
Or you could actually educate yourself on some facts about recidivism rates and the difficulty of prediction of repeat offense in any one case: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120122376053515485.html
Richard commented at 12/3/2009 12:27:00 PM:
Let me guess: you are probably one of the idiots who sits at home stewing about how the world is going to hell in a handcart and it's the fault of liberals and feminists and abortionists and crypto-socialists and activist judges and the Federal Reserve and people with different color skin than yours and, well heck, anybody who's not smart enough to believe the End Is Nigh just like you do? Amiright?
jenks commented at 12/3/2009 12:31:00 PM:
Oct.5, Commercial Dispatch: LCSO found pictures of children under age of 18 from a computor obtained from Robert Triplett; Insider ot police Dept. said 3-4 yr. olds. Oct 20 Commercial Dispatch: He was found guilty of forcible rape in Covington,La. Dec. 1997. It was canged to simple battery after victim did not want to return to court. Triplett served 6 month in jail and paid victim $50,000. Where were you when these came out. I am not crazy just one of the older generation when more people had morals.
Richard commented at 12/3/2009 1:16:00 PM:
I believe the wording was this: "appear to be explicit photos of children under the age of 18." So this "3-4 yr. olds" information is just between you and "an insider", eh? Sorry but that doesn't pass the smell test for me. If the information were worth reporting, your "insider" would probably have leaked it to the press and they, in turn would have most certainly added it to the story, since it provides an even more salacious spin which is always good for copy.
If you want the real information on the settlement in Covington, I invite you to read the comments on that 10/20 CDispatch article by "Vickie Bolton."
I, too, am of the older generation. I can recall when people were less inclined to pass circumstantial judgments on their neighbors, were more willing to believe in the goodness of others and believed that it was the judge's and jury's job to determine a man's guilt based on evidence, not their own right to determine it based on gossip, innuendo and what "insiders" might whisper.
Mike McCullough commented at 12/3/2009 2:14:00 PM:
Richard is beginning to overate his own neusense value... Wonder what "Richard" has on his computer?? Sure is speaking up for this looser. Richard and Robbie "Close" ?? If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and acts like a duck, there is a real good chance that it's a duck.. As far as what the "Authorities" have said, that doesn't mean squat.. They can say anything they want at this time, doesn't mean that they aren't gathering evidence to charge this clown.
Richard commented at 12/3/2009 2:36:00 PM:
No, Mikey, your "neusense" value is way higher than mine, even if I am a "looser".
teddy commented at 12/3/2009 4:42:00 PM:
The guy is an douchebag.
Richard commented at 12/3/2009 4:58:00 PM:
Pssst...hey, Ted-man...check this out dude:
xyz commented at 12/3/2009 9:33:00 PM:
I think that Richard is a family member of Mr. Triplett, possibly his son, and is only defending his relative, which is natural for him to do. Don't be too hard on him.
Kevin commented at 12/4/2009 1:15:00 AM:
I have spent some time with Tripp in jail. We started talking, because I have a Louisiana back ground. He is not a monster. He knows what he is facing, and after reading the articles, I know in my experience (with criminals) and in my heart,he had nothing to do with the his step-daughter's disappearance.
Richard commented at 12/4/2009 7:38:00 AM:
No, I'm not his son but I have known Butch, his Mom and Dad and his siblings for 40 years..most of my adult life...and they're a fine bunch of people.
In all the time I've known Butch, I've yet to see an ounce of meanness in him. He just doesn't have it in him. Period. He could never hurt his stepdaughter. Ever.
In fact, not only have I not seen meanness, I've seen just the opposite. He still tells the story of pretty much burning up a car engine getting from La. to Ms. so he could give blood before his grandmother had an emergency operation. And when he's involved with a crowd of people doing something? He just naturally takes the role of inclusive leader, making sure everyone feels a part of the doings.
So, no, he's not a monster. He's quite the opposite. Right now, circumstances conspire to make folks think otherwise, but I have faith that time and due process of law will clear all this up. Just, please, withhold any judgments or further gossip about this whole thing until things get sorted out.
Andy commented at 12/4/2009 11:07:00 AM:
Apparently all Rickard is good for is correcting grammar in posts. Nice job Dick. I will contact you if I need a book report written.
Leeroy commented at 12/4/2009 11:15:00 AM:
Don't you mean "Richard"?.
blacknwhite commented at 12/5/2009 3:34:00 PM:
@richard- you know him in "open room" bt not behind closed doors, i mean unless you and him have been behind that closed door TOGETHER....hmmmm...he's a sex offender regardless of what you say and i agree that once your one your always one....dont need to be SMART or from an old generation to figure that out....nor would i ever want one around my child or family KNOWING what this person has done. you go ahead and stick up for your sex offender buddy and we'll keep standing up for our children who are hurt by monsters like MR TRIPLETT....
Richard commented at 12/7/2009 9:43:00 AM:
In a way I envy you. Life is so much simpler for people like you who see a complex world through the lens of stereotypes.
On the other hand, it really breaks my heart to hear you say this kind of thing about someone you don't even know personally and in whose life you have absolutely no stake. My guess is that you will grow old and die angry, never understanding that you are not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
blacknwhite commented at 12/7/2009 3:25:00 PM:
i certinly dont care for your pscho-babble crap...i dont need to know a person that the LAW has already proven a sex offender... i am part of the solution of keeping people like him away from our children and grown people they prey upon... and i certainly dont want to be a problem of his or anyone like him or you for that matter... you have your OPINIONS and i got mine... but truth be known, im probably much happier than you or him at this point, since i dont have to fight off people calling me names b/c thats what the law has PROVEN me to be...he may not have to register as one now but the court documents from past cases pretty much speak for themselves...MAY GOD BLESS YOU...i KNOW he has blessed me...and no not being judgemental, b/c the law has done that for me
Richard commented at 12/8/2009 12:38:00 PM:
The great thing about this fine country is everyone can have their own opinion about things, even closed-minded fools. Go in peace, friend and, of course, you are welcome to the last word, so fire away my good Mr. Know-it-all.
Keepus Informed commented at 12/16/2009 8:11:00 AM:
Triplett pled not guilty. He leaves a trail of victims but is never guilty.
The only reason Triplett is not associated with Kaila's disappearance YET is because he did too good of a job of dumping her body. Do not forget that sweet young woman murdered and her body dumped with no regard for her or her mother.
Where is Triplett now? We need to protect our daughters from Triplett! Keep us informed.
1. Suspected shooter's family says lover's quarrel led to incident COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. Highway 50 shutting down tonight COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. Former CMSD choir director indicted for child exploitation COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. Columbus teen charged with statutory rape COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY