Columbia man, 67, arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography

Monday, July 1, 2013 | 5:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A 67-year-old Columbia man was arrested Monday on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

John S. Littell of Hyde Park Condos was taken into custody by the Boone County Sheriff's Department following an investigation that started June 22 after Littell took his computer to be repaired, according to a news release from the department. Upon discovering child pornography, the repair business contacted the Columbia Police Department, which found more than 25,000 images of male pornography. Police think some of the images include minors as young as 8 years old, according to the release.

Investigators with the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force served a search order Monday morning and recovered a new computer and external media in Littell's possession, according to the release. Deputies found additional child pornography during the search.

Littell was being held in the Boone County Jail as of 3 p.m. Monday, pending the filing of formal charges.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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