A Springfield man is accused of possessing hundreds of images of child pornography and showing some of them to a young girl.
Oliver Sanders III, 26, is charged with eight counts in Clark County Municipal Court. Those charges are: four counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor or impaired person and four counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person.
He is due in court Tuesday morning for an arraignment hearing.
Sanders was arrested Monday after an investigation by the Springfield Police Division. Police investigators launched their investigation in early March.
“On March 21 and March 26, the child victims were interviewed and one of the victims indicated that the defendant, Oliver Sanders, III, showed her an image on his cell phone of child pornography and stated that he said other kids were doing it and that it was normal,” the affidavit says.
Sanders was interviewed at the police station April 18, the affidavit says.
“During this interview, Sanders denied having any sexual contact or conduct with either juvenile female,” the affidavit says. (A detective) then asked if there was anything in his phone. He indicated that there was not and signed a consent to search for his cell phone.”
The police department seized his phone, the affidavit says, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extraction on the phone.
“(A detective) examined the extraction and found 10 videos containing juvenile children under the ages of 10 engaging in sex acts and focussed nudity,” the affidavit says. “There was also over 350 images tagged on his phone which contained juvenile children under the age of 10 engaging in sex acts and focussed nudity.”
Springfield police interviewed Sanders again on Monday at the police station.
(A detective) read Sanders his Miranda warning and questioned him about the contents of his phone,” the affidavit says. “Sanders did not have an answer for this other than he doesn’t know how the images got on his phone. The images and videos were first downloaded to his phone on May 30, 2015 and as recent as March 12.”
Sanders was arrested at this time, the affidavit says. He was taken to the Clark County Jail.
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