Former keyboardist for John Mellencamp pleads guilty to child pornography charge

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first-ever child pornography suspect named to the FBI’s Most Wanted list cashed out his life savings and was fleeing law enforcement on a bus traveling across Montana last year when another passenger noticed child pornography on his laptop screen.

When the bus stopped in Billings, the passenger confronted Eric Franklin Rosser. Rosser, a former keyboardist for John Mellencamp, was arrested. He pleaded guilty last week to accessing the internet to view child pornography.

Prosecutors said Rosser was carrying more than $70,000 in cash and marijuana. Officials wouldn’t disclose his destination.

Rosser, 66, said he fled Washington state because he faced the revocation of his supervised release for a 2003 child porn conviction with roots in Thailand and Indiana.

He now faces at least 10 years in prison.


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