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Man arrested for decade-old child porn case

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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A man charged with producing a pornographic video with an underage girl in DeKalb County ten years ago is finally going to face justice. He was arrested last week after failing to appear in court back in January 2004.

When he failed to show up in court, the judge issued an order for his arrest. But Sheriff's officials said they received word to recall that warrant three months later. Up until last week, nobody had been looking for him.

Officials said they received a new warrant last week, and 34-year-old Steven Lee Smith was arrested for failing to appear at his arraignment some ten years ago. He was charged in 2003 with production of obscene matter with a minor Officials said they received a new warrant last week, and 34-year-old Steven Lee Smith was arrested for failing to appear at his arraignment some ten years ago. He was charged in 2003 with production of obscene matter with a minor under the age of 17.

Now living off County Road 124 in Dutton, some neighbors said they were unaware of Smith's charges. But had the warrant remained active over the years, it is possible he could have been picked up earlier.

According to court records, Smith was cited for speeding in 2011, but because there was no active warrant, he was not picked up. Smith also ran into law enforcement more recently, according to neighbors who said they have twice called police on Smith due to disruptive behavior. Again, without an active warrant, he was not picked up.

Through family members, Smith declined to be interviewed.

Smith waived his arraignment Tuesday, pleading not guilty. He remains out on a $1,500 unsecured bond.

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