ELDON, Missouri- The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Seth M. James, 17, of Eldon, Missouri, for promoting and possession of child pornography on August 16, 2017. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit. The Patrol was assisted by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, investigators executed a search warrant at James’ residence located on Kristy Road, in Eldon. As a result of the search warrant, investigators located child pornography and computer equipment used to commit the crimes. James was arrested and transported to the Miller County Jail.
On Thursday, August 17, 2017, the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged James with promoting child pornography in the first degree and three counts of possession of child pornography. Bond was set at $200,000.
The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to promptly report to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children. The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit is partially funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crime Grant and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.