Registered sexual predator Brent King arrested on child porn charges

FAIRFIELD, Ohio – Authorities arrested a registered sex offender Tuesday for the distribution of child pornography, about seven years after his first offense.

In 2007, 47-year-old Brent King was convicted on a charge of child molestation by Indiana prosecutors in Dearborn County.

"This defendant was convicted of sexually abusing a child in the past, and now we believe he has victimized other children through the sharing and downloading of child pornography," Attorney General DeWine said Tuesday.

Officers raided King’s home on Lauryn Meadows Court when they made their arrest, and seized electronics they believed contained child pornography.

WCPO reporter Amy Wadas spoke to King's neighbors, one of which couldn't believe her eyes when she learned of King's arrest.

"I said, 'oh I hope it's not Auggie's son,' because Brent has been the caregiver for Auggie ever since she got sick two years ago," Catherine Skiba said.

She was aware of King's previous offense. He moved into his mother's home to help care for her through cancer.

"Auggie let everybody in the neighborhood know," Skiba said. "She was afraid they would find out by that card that the police send, and she wanted to face them and talk about it and relieve their worries."

"I do think that possibly what Brent has been going through with his mom has put additional stress on him. I know, I've been a caregiver so I know what the stresses. So maybe this turned him back to something he had left behind also."

Fairfield Police Chief Michael Dickey said, "Victimizing children through child pornography is one of the most despicable crimes there is. We are proud to work closely with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and BCI's Crimes Against Children Unit in their efforts to stop the downloading and sharing of these images across the state."

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the case.

King, who allegedly violated his parole, is in custody at the Butler County Jail.

According to Skiba, only two other kids live in the neighborhood, and she believes they are between ages 12 and 16. She doesn't feel King has been a threat, but remains concerned.

"Children are wonderful and important and should be protected," Skiba said. "If the courts find him guilty, then so be it."

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