Man jailed for texting obscene material

John Hughey

John Hughey

By Elaine Rackley


A man, listed in court documents as homeless, has been arrested for texting obscene material to a woman's cell phone.

The incident took place last year.

Henry County Police arrested John Frederick Hughey, 44, on June 23, and charged him with distributing obscene materials, and felony probation violation.

He appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court the following day, before Judge Robert L. Godwin. His case was bound over to Henry County Superior Court, and his bond was set at $1,050. Hughey remained in the Henry County Jail at press time Monday.

"On Feb. 23, 2010, the victim reported that she received a text depicting a picture of a male penis, on her cell phone," said Sgt. Mike Ireland. "Detective McGlamery investigated the case and discovered the text message originated from John Hughey's cell phone. The victim indicated she was not familiar with Mr. Hughey."

Police said the cell phone continued to show as an active phone for Hughey during the time of the incident. Hughey moved from the address police had on file, according to Sgt. Ireland.

"The accused did disseminate ... obscene material, a photograph of a human penis by cellular telephone text messaging, knowing the obscene nature" of the message, according to Hughey's arrest warrant.