Ex-Vanderbilt student faces additional child pornography charges

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10:24am

A former Vanderbilt University student arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography faces additional counts of sexual exploitation of a minor following a grand jury indictment.

A Davidson County grand jury last week indicted Jeffrey M. Ewers, 25, on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Metro police arrested Ewers Nov. 5, 2010, and charged him with six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

The investigation into the pornography charges began after employees at Café Coco found a memory card that had been left behind. When the café staff opened files on it to find out whom it might belong to, they found child porn instead and turned it over to police.

Investigators later searched Ewers’ residence and seized items including a computer hard drive that allegedly contained more than 600 images and videos of child porn that police believe Ewers got from the Internet.

Police also arrested Ewers last October for allegedly driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, violating probation and possessing prescription drugs without a prescription.

In November, he was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail on a reckless driving charge resulting from a May 2009 DUI arrest.

4 Comments on this post:

By: courier37027 on 2/23/11 at 11:21

So the accused being a former Vanderbilt student has what bearing on this story? The litany of charges and accustions certainly is sad, even shocking. Listing the accused's former school, employer, whatever information that has no apparent relevance to his actions is irresponsible journalism. NCP goes as far as putting Vanderbilt in headline where there is NO apparent connection.

Hey NCP, what did the accused have for breakfast this morning? If Vanderbilt made thie accused turn to child porn, why not other unrelated influences? Maybe the Cafe Coco menu drove his to child porn. Was he wearing Dockers? Wardrobe should be mentioned as link to the crime, agreed? What pets does this pornographer own? Dare you scribe "Beagle Owner Faces Additional Child Porn Charges"?

James Nix, you are better than this. C'mon man.

By: fightcrib on 2/24/11 at 9:41

Agree with courier. That would be like the following headline:

"Kentucky basketball fan gets busted for moonshine operation."

By: JKennedyMD on 2/24/11 at 10:03

My guess is that the NCP and the reporter believe that Vanderbilt students are the bourgeois elite, thus not subject to the carnal cravings usually associated with the Proletariat (e.g. those that go to UT - just kidding). For a Vanderbilt student who has been vetted by an exacting admissions committee to have perverted cravings just isn't proper, thus must be reported.

Seriously though, Mr. Ewers obviously has issues which anyone could potentially have, no matter how smart, dumb, rich, poor, religious, heathen, or whatever that person may be. No one is immune to the traps that he fell into.

This article offers me an opportunity to pray for Mr. Ewers, emphasizing to God that he finds healing for the scars in his soul and spirit, and that he discovers the true intent that God has for his sexuality, which is not to be predatory upon the less empowered.

By: Antisocialite on 2/24/11 at 1:10

JKennedyMD said:
Seriously though, Mr. Ewers obviously has issues which anyone could potentially have, no matter how smart, dumb, rich, poor, religious, heathen, or whatever that person may be. No one is immune to the traps that he fell into.

This article offers me an opportunity to pray for Mr. Ewers, emphasizing to God that he finds healing for the scars in his soul and spirit, and that he discovers the true intent that God has for his sexuality, which is not to be predatory upon the less empowered.

This may well be the most Christ-like post I've ever heard from a Christian on this board. Most Christian comments use religion to try and browbeat others or use it as proof of their moral superiority, but yours is a breath of fresh air. No condescension, despite such a grievous charge. No righteous indignation. Empathy, and what appears to be a true concern for the accused. If only there were more like you... if only.