Local grand jury returns dozens of child porn indictments

The McLennan County Grand Jury Wednesday handed up a total of more than 30 indictments charging possession of child pornography in cases involving four separate defendants.

Charles David Baker of Woodway, was indicted Wednesday on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

He was arrested by Texas Attorney General’s Office Child Exploitation Unit investigators in July 2017 on warrants that stemmed from a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the upload of an image of child pornography to an email account.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Baker’s home and found child pornography on a computer, authorities said.

He was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bond, but no longer appears on the McLennan County Jail’s online roster.

Joseph Albert Nickel, 46, of Waco, whom investigators from the Texas Attorney General’s Office Child Exploitation Unit arrested in April 2018 on child pornography charges, was also named in a 10-count indictment charging possession of child pornography Wednesday.

He was arrested after investigators discovered that child pornography had been uploaded to an online storage account that he accessed, the Attorney General’s Office said in a press release.

“A digital storage device containing images of child pornography and several other devices were seized for examination by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit. During an interview, Nickel admitted he downloaded, viewed and shared child pornography over the Internet,” the press release said.

His bonds were set at $22,500. ..Read More..

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