Former Camden County Sheriff’s Deputy Facing Child Pornography Charges

A former Deputy with the Camden County Sheriff’s Department could be facing child pornography charges following an investigation by the Digital Forensics Investigative Unit, a state agency that works under the umbrella of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Camden County Sheriff’s Department. The Camden County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children in June that an individual was suspected of uploading images of child pornography in Camden County. The Lake Area Cybercrimes Task Force and the Camden County Sheriff’s Department initiated an investigation into the incident. It was determined through that investigation that the suspect was a Deputy in the Camden County Sheriff’s Department. The Deputy was placed on administrative leave on August 1st pending the outcome of the investigation, and was subsequently terminated on August 22nd. The investigation into the child pornography case is continuing. Camden County Sheriff, Tony Helms, issued a statement saying there is no greater trust placed by the public into the hands of their law enforcement officers. Sheriff Helms personally assures the people of Camden County that he takes his staff’s behavior and responsibilities seriously. He holds each of his deputies to the highest degree of credibility. No one is above the law, and he will not tolerate criminal activity in the county, and certainly not in his own office.