Columbia resident arrested on suspicion of child pornography

Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 5:51 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested Joel Wesley Florence, 26, on the suspicion of possession of child pornography Thursday morning.

Investigators from the Sheriff's Department, the MU Police Department and the FBI served a search warrant at 4270 W. Bethany Drive. Investigators found numerous pornographic videos of pre-pubescent children on a computer, according to a department news release.

A Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force detective traced four video files of child pornography to the home in late January.

Florence was being held in the Boone County Jail, awaiting formal charges by the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, according to the release.


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