Man in child peeping case faces judge

John Courtney (Image courtesy Wake County Sheriff's Office)

July 5, 2012 9:37:21 AM PDT
A Cary man who was allegedly caught taking a photo of a young boy in a Raleigh restroom last week, faced a judge for the first time Thursday.

Last Friday, detectives said John Courtney of Old Bridge Lane was caught taking pictures of a 9-year-old boy in the bathroom at Adventure Landing entertainment center.

On Tuesday, police charged the 46 year old with six counts of indecent liberties involving dozens of other boys, according to court documents.

The judge told Courtney Thursday that those charges could lead to years behind bars.

"Those are all class "F" felonies," Wake District Court Judge Keith Gregory said. "You could receive 59 months in prison on each of those."

Courtney told the judge he would hire his own attorney.

Raleigh police aren't saying exactly what prompted the new charges in the case, but after Courtney was arrested last week, police decided to get a search warrant for the Cary man's home.

Authorities seized computer equipment after noting in the warrant that Courtney admitted to taking pictures of young boys in both Raleigh and Cary between December 21, 2011 and February of this year.

According to the warrant, he also admitted to storing the pictures on a "hidden hard drive."

Courtney, who works at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction where he is the duplicating services manager, is out of work with pay until state officials decide whether he will keep his job. He is currently free on a $100,000 bond.

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