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Local grand jury returns dozens of child porn indictments

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Published: Jan. 16, 2019 at 5:13 PM CST
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The McLennan County Grand Jury Wednesday handed up a total of more than 30 indictments charging possession of child pornography in cases involving four separate defendants.

Charles David Baker of Woodway, was indicted Wednesday on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

He was arrested by Texas Attorney General’s Office Child Exploitation Unit investigators in July 2017 on warrants that stemmed from a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the upload of an image of child pornography to an email account.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Baker’s home and found child pornography on a computer, authorities said.

He was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bond, but no longer appears on the McLennan County Jail’s online roster.

Joseph Albert Nickel, 46, of Waco, whom investigators from the Texas Attorney General’s Office Child Exploitation Unit arrested in April 2018 on child pornography charges, was also named in a 10-count indictment charging possession of child pornography Wednesday.

He was arrested after investigators discovered that child pornography had been uploaded to an online storage account that he accessed, the Attorney General’s Office said in a press release.

“A digital storage device containing images of child pornography and several other devices were seized for examination by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit. During an interview, Nickel admitted he downloaded, viewed and shared child pornography over the Internet,” the press release said.

His bonds were set at $22,500.

He no longer appears on the jail’s online roster.

Thomas Lee Scott, of Lorena, whom Texas Attorney General’s Office Child Exploitation Unit investigators arrested in January 2018, was indicted Wednesday on six counts of possession of child pornography.

Scott is a registered sex offender who was convicted of child molestation in 1991 in Indiana, officials said in a press release.

He was arrested after investigators discovered that child pornography was being shared from a device with an IP address connected to his home in Lorena, authorities said.

In a search of his home, state investigators seized child pornography and several digital storage devices that the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit will examine.

He was ordered held in lieu of $24,000 bond.

He no longer appears on the jail’s online roster.

Grand jurors also returned a five-count indictment charging possession of child pornography against Mathew Edward Webb.

Details of that case weren’t immediately available.

In another case, grand jurors returned an indictment charging online solicitation of a minor against Brad Lee Landrum of Woodway, who was arrested in October 2018 in an online child sex sting in which Woodway officers masquerading as a 16-year-old girl exchanged messages with a man who “discussed sexual acts he wished to perform with the underage female and also sent lewd videos,” police said at the time.

His bond was set at $10,000.

His name no longer appears on the jail’s online roster.