City Councilmember Sworn In Amid Child Porn Allegations

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GRASS VALLEY-

Terry Lamphier was sworn in Monday, exactly one week after being charged with three counts of possessing child pornography.

The new Grass Valley Council Member addressed the controversy.

"I ultimately think I will prevail on this.  It certainly is a personal challenge and I'm disappointed that some people seem to think that under our system the presumption of innocence means you have to act guilty and hide out from your public responsibilities,” Lamphier said.

Some are calling for Lamphier to step down during his legal battle.

Outside the swearing in ceremony, protesters held signs of disapproval reading, "Not OK Terry’ and ‘Resign Now.’

"What we want him to do is to work out the problems in court so that he can have his time in court, but as a servant of grass valley we would want him to step down in his position,” Grass Valley resident Omar Swartzendruber said.

Lamphier is accused of accessing child porn at work, while serving as Nevada County Supervisor.

He’s allowed to serve because in California, officials only lose office if convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving the agency they serve.

At the time of the alleged crime Lamphier was working for the county, so the city cannot force him out.

Lamphier’s attorney insists the charges are a mistake. Others who know him agree.

"There’s no sense that this could be anything but a mistake,” said Diane Chayra.

For now, the Council Member will work to regain the public’s trust as he awaits his day in court on Jan. 26.

His attorney says Lamphier will enter a plea of not guilty.