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Judge Tells Accused 'Porn Truck' Driver to Steer Clear of Teen's Family

Steven D. Dutton is charged in connection with an attempt to lure a teen into his pornography-filled truck in Homewood.

A 48-year-old Homewood man appeared in Markham Court Wednesday in connection with an incident in which he attempted to lure a teenage girl into his pickup truck, which was filled with sex toys and pornography and had been modified to include a handcuff device on the dashboard.

Steven D. Dutton, of Riegel Oaks Lane, was scheduled to appear in Room 206 at 9 a.m. on a disorderly conduct charge, but did not come before the judge until after 11:00 a.m. 

During Dutton's appearance, Judge Christopher J. Donnelly sternly admonished Dutton not to have any contact with the teen or her family, who appeared in court both during the court's first call for Dutton and again when Dutton appeared.

"I'm ordering you not to have any contact with the witnesses here," Donnelly said.

He warned Dutton that the penalty for ignoring his instruction would be six months in jail.

"Stay the heck away from these people—you violate the order, you go to jail," Donnelly said. 

Dutton, who appeared in court wearing a suit and dark tie, had little to say during his court appearance.

When the teen and her family appeared earlier in the morning, Donnelly told them not to hesitate to contact law enforcement if they should spot Dutton in their vicinity.

"If you see him in the area, call," Donnelly said.

The family declined an interview.

Police records state that Dutton admitted approaching the Homewood teen, but portrayed his intentions as innocent, telling investigators he only wanted to take her for a ride, police said.

The teen told police she was walking on Riegal Road Sunday, June 12 around 4:45 p.m., when Dutton approached her. Dutton asked the girl to get in his vehicle, telling her he would give her a ride home, but she ignored him, police said. 

Dutton began asking the girl where she lived and if she had a boyfriend. He then drove away and the teen called police. During that telephone call, Dutton returned and stared at her, police said.

Dutton again drove away, and police used the license plate number to locate the truck parked outside his Riegel Oaks residence, according to the report. Police said the officer talked to Dutton about approaching the girl and he responded, "I'm sorry, I was just asking her for a ride." 

While talking to him, the officer observed "in plain sight" a handcuff device attached to a bar that was attached to the passenger-side dashboard, with a small towel draped over it, according to the police report. 

After obtaining Dutton's consent to search his vehicle, police found a red lunchbox that contained women's underwear, as well as a black leather bag that contained rope, numerous sets of handcuffs, a whip, an artificial phallus and pornography that included "numerous" writings about bondage and torture, according to the report.

Police took Dutton to the scene, where the teen identified him as the man who harassed her, while her father then signed a complaint for disorderly conduct.

Dutton is scheduled to return to Markham Court on Aug. 8.

** UPDATE: On August 8 the case was continued and Dutton will now be returning to court on September 15. **

WA Mama July 01, 2011 at 01:59 PM
I would love a legal reading on this: as you work towards a photo, it would take virtually nothing for someone to also get a photo of the guy's truck and license plate and throw it up on the web. However, as much as I'd like to see this guy locked up or at least out of town, at what point is our vigilantism stepping on his rights? Has he been actually convicted of a crime, or just warned? Again I'd love to warn the universe about him, but what are our legal limits on this? Just curious.
Concerned mom July 01, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Exactly we need a photo of him and his van in order for the community to keep our kids safe. Why is he not a published sex offender when clearly evidence proves his intentions
Jeb Stewart July 01, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Lets all band together with some torches and hoods and lynch him!!! He does have a right to due process people, even with the evidence presented. Also he is just charged with disorderly conduct I believe. He should be charged with attemped kidnapping. I agree he is a scumbag and if it was my daughter he wouldn't be safe in this community.
Patrice Martin July 03, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Yes, I like the idea of a photo of him and of his truck. It wouldn't be a bad idea, either, if the Homewood Police Department could hold a seminar, or community education on how we can talk to our kids about what they should do if they are approached by someone such as this resident. It's a great reminder to us that we need to remain proactive as a community to be aware of how to deal with the reality that there are people who may pose a danger to our kids. Would also love to see the court help this man get the help and supervision that he needs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick August 11, 2011 at 08:20 PM
FYI: The case was continued on the August 8 court date and Dutton will be returning to court on September 15.

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