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Sheriff to study case further

Pasco County Sheriff Lee Cannon said Friday that he will review his agency's role in the criminal case against school photographer Thomas Thornton.

"It always causes me concern when there is some insinuation that one of the detectives here may have not done the type of investigation they were capable of doing," Cannon said after reading a Times report that pointed out flaws in case against Thornton. "I certainly intend to look into what the details of the investigation were and whether or not anything was overlooked or left out."

In its examination of the Thornton case, the Times found that Detective Cliff Blum concluded that Thornton had molested children after a single day's investigation. At that point in the investigation, Blum had talked to the children, the accusers, but to none who might have witnessed the crime or refuted the allegations.

"We feel it is just as important for the detective to garner information that would prove innocence, as well as establish guilt," Cannon said. "We don't determine guilt. That's something for the jury to decide."

Cannon said he met Friday with his supervisors. "I've already asked them to take a review of it and meet with me," he said.

"If there are some other steps we need to do, we'll do it."

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