By John A. Ballentine
WYOMING – A Wyoming man who allegedly possessed and distributed child pornography was arrested Thursday, Aug. 29 at his residence according to court documentation.
Rodney Allen King, 50, was arraigned in Stark’s Circuit Court Aug. 30 on two felony counts of child pornography. Probable cause was found by Circuit Court Judge James A. Mack due to testimony of Illinois State Police Trooper Sadie Conner.
A search warrant was executed on King’s residence and vehicle Aug. 29 and it is alleged that police officials discovered child pornography on a computer and evidence on a cell phone owned by King.
King is charged with a Class X felony “dissemination of child pornography”, which if found guilty, is punishable from 6-30 years in prison. He was also charged with a Class 2 felony for “possession of child pornography.” It brings a three- to seven-year prison term. Probation is not possible with a Class X felony conviction.
In court, Conner testified that “information from a cyber-tip reported child pornography was being distributed, and that led to an investigation that investigators followed to an internet address.” Eventually, the investigation led police to King’s residence.
Conner testified that King was read his Miranda Rights, but spoke to investigators anyway. Allegedly, he admitted to “hundreds of child pornography videos and had been doing so for 10 to 15 years.”
It is also alleged that he distributed child pornographic videos to others.
Stark County State’s Attorney James D. Owens requested bail bond be set at $150,000, but Mack stated, “Due to Mr. King’s lack of criminal history, bond is set at $75,000 with 10 percent to apply.” It will take $7,500 cash bail bond to release King from custody at the Stark County Jail.
Mack also ruled that should King be released from custody on bond that he could travel to other states for his work. King’s next court appearance is today, Sept. 6, for an attorney appearance.