COLUMBIA— A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday after an investigation turned up hundreds of images of children and infants being molested.
Tyler R. Creath, 29, has been charged with possession of child pornography and promoting child pornography, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force news release.
The investigation into Creath began June 12 when an investigator with the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Unit used a file-sharing program to download child pornography from a computer in Columbia. The computer had 4,668 images believed to be child pornography, according to the probable-cause statement in the case.
The St. Charles County unit forwarded a report to the Boone County task force June 16. As a result of this report, the Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force obtained a search warrant for the Columbia residence where the files originated, according to the news release.
During the search, a forensic examination was conducted on a computer, where the more than 4,000 images were located. The files depicted children as young as infants and as old as 8, many of whom were being molested or exploited, according to the probable-cause statement.
According to that statement, Creath told investigators he used the computer to search for pornography and acquired file-sharing programs around mid-June. Detective Tracy Perkins of the task force said that the file-sharing program could be used to send files from one computer to others with the same program.
The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed charges against Creath on July 23, according to the release, and he was arrested Tuesday. He was being held at the Boone County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond as of Tuesday afternoon.
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