Myron Jay Wilson, who plead guilty to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor in 2012 in Rutherford County, has filed an appeal that has been denied by the courts. According to the original negotiated plea, Wilson was sentenced to 12-years of confinement under a deal that only required him to serve 35-days behind bars and the remainder of his 12-year sentence could be spent on supervised probation.
Looking back to what originally landed Wilson behind bars, Murfreesboro Police were referred the case after being told that he possessed child pornography. TBI Agents later recovered over 4,000 images and three videos on his electronic devices. At least 2,292 images and three videos appeared to be child pornography, according to court papers outlining the facts of the original case.
At the time the files were accessed (2010), the computer was in an apartment shared by several other residents. Documents show the computer was not password protected and that Wilson told counsel he knew there were pornographic images on his computer, but did not know there was child pornography on the computer. The petitioner testified that he entered his guilty pleas because counsel told him to do so. He also said that his inability to make bond influenced his decision to plead guilty.
In the Appeal documents that were released on Monday afternoon, Wilson sought post-conviction relief, arguing that the post-conviction court erred in finding that he received effective assistance of trial counsel and that his guilty pleas were knowing and voluntary. Wilson claims he did not receive effective assistance nor rightfully file his guilty pleas. Judge Alan Glen affirmed the original case and Wilson will remain on probation and on the sex offender registry in Tennessee.
Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee at Nashville
No. M2013-01284-CCA-R3-PC - Filed April 7, 2014
Original case was in the Rutherford County Circuit Courtroom