The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control arrested Nathaniel A. Irvin, 30, of Columbia, on Wednesday, May 1 for promoting and possession of child pornography.

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 Columbia Police Department.

On Wednesday, investigators executed a search warrant at Irvin’s residence located on Northampton Drive, in Columbia. As a result of their search, investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment. Irvin was arrested and transported to the Boone County Jail.

On Thursday, May 2 the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Irvin with one count of promoting child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography. Irvin’s bond was set at $20,000.

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.

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