BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – A Sedgwickville man faces multiple counts of child pornography.
Justin Welker faces five counts of possession of child pornography – a Class D felony and five counts of possession of child pornography – a Class B felony.
In early December, the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office received information from the FBI regarding a report of attempted child molestation.
Police say Welker of Sedgwickville, Missouri attempted to arrange for someone to travel out of state to Bollinger County for the performance of child sexual acts.
After getting the information, Justin was found and his cell phone was taken as evidence. After the device was seized, a search warrant was obtained for the device.
On February 8, cell phone results collected from Justin were released to the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office. The findings included, but were not limited to, a large amount of child pornography, according to Bollinger County Sheriff Casey A. Graham.
After receiving that information, an arrest warrant for Welker in connection with child pornography was issued on February 9. In addition to the arrest warrant issued, a search warrant was also obtained by the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office for Justin’s home in Sedgewickville.
Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office officials collected numerous additional items as evidence in reference to this investigation.
Then, on February 14, the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office received additional information from the FBI in reference to additional evidence located on Welker’s social media communications account.
After the information was received, it was forwarded to the Bollinger County Prosecutor’s Office at which time Justin’s arrest warrant was amended to reflect the additional felony charges.
Welker’s bond is set at $100,000 cash only.
He was taken to the Bollinger County Jail.