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Child Kidnapper's Attorney Charged For Child Porn

| by Michael Doherty
A photo of David Dale Lamb.A photo of David Dale Lamb.

A San Diego attorney who had defended Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper has been charged with possession of child pornography.

David Dale Lamb, 44, was charged with possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography after police raided his home in September 2015. Authorities discovered more than 1,000 photos and videos, many of which portrayed pre-pubescent children, according to the Daily Mail. Lamb pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared in court June 15.

"To say the least, I am saddened by this development," said San Diego public defender Henry Coker. "I have great faith and confidence in our criminal justice system and will await the outcome of the process."

"Mr. Lamb has not been at work, but rather exhausting his leave balances, since September 2015," Coker added. Lamb has been on leave from his job since the raid on his apartment, but was only formally charged in May.

In 2003, Lamb defended Brian David Mitchell, who was convicted of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart when she was 14. Mitchell had held her captive for more than eight months when Lamb began defending him. Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison in 2011.

Lamb was also reportedly a member of a file sharing program which he is alleged to have used to send and receive child pornography, as well as discuss molesting young children with other users on the service. Lamb's username on the encrypted site was "sdattorney."

In one exchange, Lamb reportedly chatted about how he enjoyed images of babies being sexually abused. One of sdattorney's folders on the site was titled "babyrape," according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Before his arrest, Lamb had worked for the San Diego County Public Defender's Office, and he had once worked as a manager for the county's juvenile courts

A warrant was posted for Lamb's arrest on May 24, and court documents show that he was in custody the next day. He is reported to have later posted a $50,000 bond until his case was transferred to San Diego, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Sources: Daily Mail, San Diego Union-Tribune, Salt Lake Tribune / Photo credit: CW6 via Daily Mail

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