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Lilburn Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

Gwinnett Police say the man turned himself in on Sept. 24.

Thomas Scot Edvalson, of Meadow Grove Way in Lilburn, was arrested by Snellville police on suspicion of possessing child pornography. (Credit: Gwinnett County Detention Center)
Thomas Scot Edvalson, of Meadow Grove Way in Lilburn, was arrested by Snellville police on suspicion of possessing child pornography. (Credit: Gwinnett County Detention Center)

(Editor's Note: This article was originally published September 26, 2012.)


On Sept. 24, police arrested and charged a Lilburn man with possession of child pornography. 

Thomas Scot Edvalson, of Meadow Grove Way in Lilburn, is now held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond, according to police records.

More than three months ago in June, Gwinnett County Police Department learned Edvalson might have or be distributing child pornography through a tip from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, according to a police report.

The GBI included file images retrieved from the suspects website, and "the images were indicative of child pornography," police said.

On Sept. 17, investigators obtained a search warrant for Edvalson's home and conducted the search the following day.

A preview of the suspect's computer "revealed tens of thousands of images of child pornography," police said in a report. Edvalson's computers were seized.

Police officers obtained a warrant for Edvalson's arrest on Sept. 21, and they were notified that he had retained an attorney, but planned to turn himself in to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday Edvalson turned himself in.

Possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Terrence Darling September 26, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Sick
Jsmith September 27, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Disgusting pig!! I hope investigators seize and penalize all other persons connected to you thru child pornography!
Ezekial Johnson September 27, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Nothing like mudslinging a man you know nothing about. Absolutely pathetic.
James Harrison September 27, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I'm not 100% sure what more you need to you need to know. Child porn. Filthy, disgusting, abhorrent, vile. When will these children, somebody's babies, ever get their life back?
Brian September 27, 2012 at 08:58 PM
My heart breaks for Thomas for I too am a 24 year old man who simply hasn't been down the road he has, but moreso my heart is crushed for the poor children whose innocence was stolen to fulfil desires of souls far from God. If Thomas is infact found guilty he should face whatever penalty set forth in Georgia Code. I don't know much about him but it seems he has a talent with Internet technologies and hate to see this talent go to waste as well as the tax revenue his income would generate. Hopefully he can continue his talent while he maintains his required distance from children. That is if he is found guilty. God sacrificed His only son for Thomas either way.
Rose September 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM
What more you need to know? Doesn't anyone see anything wrong with being tried in the court of public opinion. This barely young man is being LYNCED or convicted in the court of public opinion. What happened to being innocent until proven guilty? You people rush to judgement without knowing the facts or circumstances or even the person involved. When I read comments like "sick and disgusting pig"....sounds like we are reverting 200 years in time. WHy don't we just throw a rope over a tree limb and hang people without finding guilt or innocence...hasn't society evolved out of the dark ages? Stop sneering with stigma of child porn before he has a chance to protect himself. I don't know what this young man has done or not done...but he could be a victim himself of the things on the internet. It could just as easily happen to anyone of us. Computers are not perfect, especially when it comes to viruses, hacking, identity theft etc. Innocent people can find themselves charged for the actions of others. Media likes to over exaggerate the news to get peoples attention and generate public opinion. The police have their own agenda of justifying their existence. Aren't we as a society smarter by now and not to fall prey into believing everything as truth or bible that comes from the media?
Ezekial Johnson September 28, 2012 at 04:08 AM
When you can prove without your circular logic that a) he was a bad person b) he abused ANY children c) the media isn't having a field day playing with morons like you. Stories involving children have been this way for years. People refuse to actually be rational or logical about anything.
James Harrison September 28, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Okay, admittedly I am believing the report when it says tens of thousands of pictures of child pornography. And admittedly I am reading into him retaining an attorney before a warrant was even issued for his arrest. And honestly, if he is found to have had no significant contact with child porn then I would be the first one to jump in line and issue an apology. It's simply that sometimes I think people are so concerned about not judging a person that they can overlook the fact that an individual was involved in horrendous, I mean really sick and disgusting perversions. I mean, can you imagine your little girl or niece or little sister being subjected to sexual acts by men driven by addiction and robbed of all innocence, to have unhealthy and distorted views of sex and trust and men for the rest of her life? Surely you're not defending a child porn peddler, but the prejudice the media can create, which I don't totally disagree. I just happen to believe this is not a story created out of thin air and I'm not sure any hyperbolic spin the media could put on it could make it any worse.
Ezekial Johnson September 28, 2012 at 09:10 AM
My point is no children were abused and everything is alleged. Remember "innocent until proven guilty"? First of all peddling isn't even among the charges so again, stop jumping to conclusions and judging the man. This isn't me trying to come off as a good person. This is me being sickened by how idiotic people get the second they hear the mention of child pornography their minds just shut out and rationality and logic. Let me follow your logic. If you own child pornography you not only victimize innocent kids by the simple possession, but you make her a victim for the rest of her life? You're in a circle.
Rose September 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Do you realize you can open up 1 file on a computer unknowlingly, and that one file could hold thousands of images without you knowing it? Once you open it you realize what it is and close it or delete it....and then even if you delete something it is sitll showing up on your hard drive. That one act can have you have 1000's of pics on your hard drive and if retrieved your whole life is ruined. Viewing or being in possession of those images doesn't make him a predator or child molestor etc. Doesn't mean he did anything with children or that he took those pictures himself or that he hurt a child. Yes I agree any act with a child is disturbing, but there is a world of difference between looking at images on line and actually doing something to someone...he was not accused of that. Police should not be releasing any information until they know all the facts...but to them it doesn't matter what the circumstances are. This type of release of information is negligence. If I working in corporate America released any personal information on an employee it would be an invasion of their privacy and they could sue me, but the police can release whatever they want. It is a double standard. They can ruin someone's life. I am speaking from personal experience. The police is not objective in their reporting ...remember their job is to prove you are guilty and they will twist and turn things into whatever they want us to believe. They will take statements out of content.
James Harrison September 28, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Let me follow your logic. By participating and peddling in child pornography, you're not creating a demand? Which creates a supply? And my friend, circular logic has nothing to do with my thinking. Circular logic would be that since he owned child pornography he must have owned child pornography. You use the conclusion as an element of your premise. I am saying that a victim of child pornography is truly a victim for a very long time. I'm saying that if even child pornography possessor out there stopped possessing, then these children that are currently being harmed by child pornography wouldn't be harmed anymore. See if you can follow me here: if the demand for cigarettes went away, so would cigarette companies. I'm not comparing cigarettes to child porn, it's a simple case of supply and demand. If the demand goes away, so does the supply. So yes, I do believe that this guy is contributing to the victimization of children by possessing, just like a person that buys cigarettes helps the cigarette companies by buying cigarettes. That's not circular logic. Because THEN, very much after the fact, even when a child stops being abused, the effects of the abuse last for a very long time. Again, not circular. There are no conclusions being used in my premise here.
James Harrison September 28, 2012 at 03:23 PM
And you know what? Your point is well taken. I should not be jumping to final conclusions without knowing all the facts. I just really hope it's not true for the sake of all those children, and for the sorry state of his soul if it is true.
Waverleigh October 11, 2012 at 03:02 AM
My heart truly goes out to the family whom I know. He wasn't a bad man I can say that from meeting him. It's still disgusting but I will not slander his name. He was so involved with his church and missions. You would have never thought apon meeting him. It must have been a mistake with files.
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