Columbia man arrested for child porn in email account

3 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, October 30 2014 Oct 30, 2014 Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:59:00 AM CDT October 30, 2014 in News
By: Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Boone County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Columbia man Wednesday after an email investigation led them to pornographic images on his computer. Deputies from the department's Cyber Crimes Task Force made the arrest. 

Deputies said they arrested Jonathan Hillyard, 30, after speaking with him during a court ordered search of his residence. They said after speaking to him they had reason to believe he possessed child pornography and made the arrest. Deputies also took several computers from his residence during the search. Deputies said they arrested Hillyard for possession of child pornography, less than 20 images. 

Deputies said the investigation began in mid-September after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said it believed a person in Columbia had child pornography in an email account. Deputies served the search warrant Wednesday. 

Hillyard remained at the Boone County Jail late Thursday morning. He faces a $10,000 cash bond. 

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