Boone County Man Arrested in St. Louis on Child Pornography Charges
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis County Cyber Crimes Unit arrested a Boone County man Thursday for allegedly possessing child pornography. The man, Eric Hall of Columbia, had previously pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in Boone County. At the time, he had an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation in Boone County and for failing to register as sexual offender.
Hall's Boone County case started in April 2008 when the Cyber Crimes Task Force investigated information that a residence was offering child pornography through file sharing. After court orders and a search warrant, officers examined computers from the residence that had about 86 videos and 166 photos depicting pornography that included exploitation of children. Some children in the photos were as young as toddlers.
Hall was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant February 20, 2009, charged with possession of child pornography. In August 2009 Hall pleaded guilty in Boone County Circuit Court to possessing over 20 pictures of child pornography. He was given a seven year prison sentence, but Missouri Department of Corrections placed him on 5 years probation after receiving a sexual offender evaluation.
September 2011 police charged Hall with violating the terms of his probation. His probation was at first revoked, but later reinstated. In
May 2012, Hall was accused of violating the terms of his probation again and police arrested him. He admitted violating the probation terms but fled before his final disposition. In early April 2013 a probation violation arrest warrant was issued.In January of this year, the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed more charges against Hall for allegedly failing to register as a sexual offender.
St. Louis County Police said they were investigating the distribution of
child pornography when they served a search warrant in St. Louis County at a residence. During this search, investigators said they
found child pornography on a computer in the possession of Hall. St. Louis officials said he gave a false identification, however, he was
identified through fingerprints.
Boone County charged Hall with probation violation with a $40,000 bond and failure to register as a convicted sexual offender with a
$50,000 cash only bond. Formal charges in St. Louis County are pending.