Blue Springs man faces child abuse, pornography charges

As a result of a tip from Internet provider America Online, a 65-year-old Blue Springs man was charged today with multiple counts of child abuse and child pornography. Jerry D. Wilson was arrested at his home and was being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond. According to court documents, AOL informed the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2004 that e-mails linked to Wilson contained pornographic images involving children. The national center gave the information computer-crime authorities in St. Louis.

Blue Springs man faces child abuse, pornography charges

By DONALD BRADLEY
The Kansas City Star
Wed, May. 09, 2007

As a result of a tip from Internet provider America Online, a 65-year-old Blue Springs man was charged today with multiple counts of child abuse and child pornography.

Jerry D. Wilson was arrested at his home and was being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond. According to court documents, AOL informed the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2004 that e-mails linked to Wilson contained pornographic images involving children. The national center gave the information computer-crime authorities in St. Louis.

In January 2005, investigators searched Wilson's home in the 900 block of Northwest Camelot Court in Blue Springs and confiscated computers, movies, books and photographs. The Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory later found more than 3,500 pornographic images on the computers' hard drives.

Some images matched victims already identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in previous investigations, authorities said.

One victim told Blue Springs detectives that she was 13 or 14 when Wilson paid her to pose for photographs.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Wilson with four counts of child abuse, two counts of statutory sodomy, two counts of mild molestation and six counts of possession of child pornography.

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