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Columbia man arrested on child pornography, sexual exploitation charges

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 4:32 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Officers with the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force arrested a Columbia man Tuesday for Internet-related charges including possession of child pornography, according to a task force press release.  

Officers found evidence of child pornography at a home at 504 Oak St. The photographs were of two children, ages 2 and 5, who were also found in the home. The photographs were sent to a man in Ohio, according to evidence including the suspect's cell phone.

Cyber Crimes Task Force coordinator Andy Anderson said the children were related to the suspect and have been taken into protective custody.

Charles D. DeCarr III, 39, was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor, first-degree promoting child pornography and possession of child pornography.

FBI agents found pornographic messages on the cell phone of a man from Ohio during another investigation and identified a mid-Missouri man as a possible suspect. The Ohio agents contacted an FBI agent assigned to the Cyber Crimes Task Force on Monday. The task force obtained a search warrant the next day.

The suspect was held in Boone County Jail. No bond has yet been set, and the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is expected to file charges later Wednesday morning.

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.


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