Man Denies Guilt in Pornography Case

South Bay political consultant Tom Shortridge appeared in court Thursday, pleading not guilty to a felony charge of using a minor for sexual acts and misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child molestation.

The charges stem from allegations that he took pornographic photos of two teenage girls in December. If convicted on all charges, he could face up to six years in prison, Assistant Dist. Atty. Warren Kato said.

Shortridge, 35, was arraigned before Torrance Municipal Court Judge Thomas Solokov. He was released on $20,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for May 16.