Columbia man charged with possession and promotion of child pornography

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 6:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was charged with possession of and promoting child pornography Thursday morning.

Detective Andy Anderson said the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force made the arrest of Ryan Meyer, 25, after an investigation began in mid-September. A task force detective identified a computer believed to be offering child pornography through a file sharing program in Columbia.

On Thursday morning, detectives served a search warrant at 900 Woodrow St., Meyer’s residence. The man was arrested after a large number of child pornography videos were found on his computer, Anderson said.

“We believe there are as many as hundreds, but we have not finished the investigation yet,” Anderson said.

Detectives believe the children in the videos to be between 7 years old and early teenage years.

Anderson said in order to be arrested on suspicion of promoting child pornography in the first degree, detectives must believe, prior to arrest, that the suspect possesses child pornography, including children under 14 years of age, with the intent to distribute.

Ryan Meyer is being held in the Boone County Jail with a bond set at $30,000.

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