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Butler County man indicted on 101 counts in child pornography case

Posted at 12:34 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 19:54:49-05

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio — A Butler County man has been indicted on 101 counts involving child pornography charges, according to an 18-page indictment from the Butler County Common Pleas Court.

The indictment was signed this morning by Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser. According to the Journal-News, charges include multiple counts each of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a child, and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance

Trevor Fraley, 24, was arrested last week and had been held without bond awaiting a preliminary hearing today on other, unrelated charges in Middletown Municipal Court. That hearing has been cancelled, according to court documents.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office officials made the request that Fraley be held without bond and said they were continuing to investigate “hundreds” of images, involving multiple police agencies.

According to the indictment, Fraley, on or about Nov. 13, 2018, produced material that shows a minor performing or being involved in sexual activity.

Fraley was arrested on Nov. 13 in the 900 block of Crawford Street in Middletown. A bag was located next to where he was lying at the time of the arrest. The bag contained a computer that was seized after a search warrant was executed, according to court documents.

A forensic investigation showed that Fraley possessed at least two files containing nudity-oriented material or performance involving a minor on his computer, the documents said.

Fraley originally faced two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, both fifth-degree felonies. But Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said more charges are expected, and could be as many as 100.

“This is probably one of the largest internet crimes involving children and children molestation that I have ever seen,” Jones said. “This is what people have nightmares (about), or what you think is the most cruelest you have ever seen is what we have seen on video.”

A forensic investigation of the computer was conducted by Miami University Police Department Detective Walt Schneider, who specializes in retrieving data and evidence from computers and cell phones. He discovered hundreds of videos involving children, Jones said.

Jones said the images involve children as young as 8 months old and 2 years old.

“We have not hundreds, but it appears thousands, (of images),” Jones said.