Columbia man arrested on charges of child pornography

Monday, May 5, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. CDT; updated 3:40 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 5, 2014

COLUMBIA — A 30-year-old Columbia man was arrested Monday on child pornography charges.

Earlier in April, investigators with the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force identified a home computer network in the area offering to disseminate child pornography, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department. An investigator downloaded several movies from the suspected computer involving the sexual molestation of children, at least one of which appears to be a toddler.

The computer was traced to a residence, and task force investigators served a court-ordered search warrant at the residence on Monday, the release said. Three computers were seized, and a computer was found to contain child pornography movies.

The suspect, identified as Andrew C. Weable, was initially arrested on an outstanding Cooper County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for a traffic ticket. After the on-site investigation, Weable was also arrested under suspicion of possessing child pornography and suspicion of promoting child pornography in the first degree, the release said.

Weable is in the Boone County Jail awaiting the filing of formal charges.


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