Columbia man arrested on suspicion of cyber crimes

Dominic Wilson was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation and promoting obscenity.
Thursday, August 18, 2011 | 1:34 p.m. CDT; updated 7:14 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 18, 2011

COLUMBIA — Dominic Wilson, 34, of Columbia was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual exploitation and promoting obscenity.

The arrest came after the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force received a tip about an inappropriate relationship between a 34-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl. Wilson and the alleged victim both reside in Boone County.

According to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, Wilson befriended the girl in the summer and began instant messaging her. He is suspected of making sexual advances toward the minor. After this, Wilson allegedly emailed the girl sexually explicit pictures of himself and pressured her to send pictures of herself, according to the news release.

He was arrested without incident at his place of employment, and several items were taken as evidence, including a computer and a camera.

He is being held in the Boone County jail on $29,500 bail.

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