Missouri State Highway Patrol Makes Child Pornography Arrest
The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a 33-year-old resident of Polo, Missouri on February 22 on child pornography charges. Authorities say child pornography and computer equipment was seized from the residence of Jay C. Guhlke, who has been charged with promoting child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Jay C. Guhlke, 33, of Polo, Missouri, on Friday, February 22, 2019, 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 Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.
On Friday, investigators executed a search warrant at Guhlke’s residence located on South Highway 13, in Polo. As a result of their search, investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment. While the search was being executed at Guhlke’s residence, additional officers located Guhlke, in Gallatin, Missouri.
Investigators executed a second search warrant on electronic equipment, which was on his person. As a result of their search, additional child pornography and computer equipment were seized. Guhlke was arrested and transported to the Daviess County Jail. The Daviess County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Guhlke with promoting child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. His bond was set at $100,000.
The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to report promptly 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.
The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
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