Clovis man convicted of child pornography possession

Courtesy photo Willard Ballard was found guilty Wednesday of 25 counts of possession of child pornography and faces more than 37 years imprisonment.

CNJ staff

A 35-year-old Clovis man was convicted of 25 counts of possession of child pornography and faces more than 37 years imprisonment.

Willard Ballard was found guilty Wednesday by a Curry County jury, court records show.

Ballard will be sentenced after he completes a diagnostic evaluation.

In October 2007, Ballard took his laptop to a Clovis resident and told them he wanted to erase the external memory drive because it contained child pornography, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler.

The resident reported Ballard’s comments, and Clovis police launched an investigation.

A forensic examination of the computer and external drive uncovered multiple images of child pornography, and Ballard was arrested, the release said.