Local man charged in child porn case

A Blue Springs man was arrested Tuesday for possession of child pornography.

According to Union County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Roger Garner, Russell Keith Nicholson, 44, of 2256 Highway 178 East in Blue Springs, has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography.
Nicholson was being held in the Union County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
Garner said that he and fellow investigator Anthony Anderson received information from a statewide task force last week that led to Nicholson’s arrest.
“I was contacted last week by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force,” Garner said.  “They told me that we had someone in our area who was trafficking in child pornography.”
The ICAC, funded by the Mississippi Attorney General’s office, was created to aid state and local law enforcement agencies investigate and apprehend subjects who use the Internet or other online communication technology to sexual exploit children.
Garner said that he obtained a search warrant for an address on 178 East, which led to the seizure of two computers that contained child pornography.
Garner said the computers were being processed, meaning their hard drives were being downloaded during a forensic examination.
According to Garner, the ICAC became first became aware of Nicholson’s alleged online child pornography activity in mid-February.
“We are indeed not going to put up with this,” Garner said.  “We want to let people here know that child pornography use will not be tolerated.  Children are the most innocent individuals there are and we’re going to do everything we can to protect them.”
Garner said that, in many cases, those accused of possessing pornography will make it on their own.
“If they can’t get it, they’ll make their own,” Garner said.  “They’ll find a child and subject them to child abuse and film it themselves.”
He went on to say that there was no evidence of that being the case with Nicholson.
“We just want to make sure that it never happens here,” Garner said.
One count of possession of child porn may carry anywhere from 10 to 20 years in federal prison.  Garner said more charges may be pending as well, depending on what else they find on the computers.

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