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An area man is being charged in a child pornography case after the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control accessed files linked back to the man.

Kenneth “Kenny” Carrow, 53, of Bonne Terre, is charged with a class B felony of promoting child pornography and two class B felonies of possession of child pornography.

According to court documents, officers with the Division of Drug and Crime Control were conducting an online investigation on Jan. 21 when they found a file that was being made available online.

The officer downloaded the file that was being made available through Carrow’s IP address and it contained several photographs that appeared to have been captured from a video. The officer described the photographs showing a girl 8 to 10 years old who was nude and posed in an inappropriate manner.

The officer said in the report that by using public records, he was able to determine the IP address was registered to Charter Communications. On Jan. 30, the officer received information back from Charter, based on the search warrant that was sent to them for the IP address for Jan. 21 at 9:02 a.m. and 9:07 a.m.

The information received consisted of Carrow’s name, address, account number, phone number and two email addresses, which included his work email.

On Feb. 13 officers contacted Carrow at his home in the 100 block of Mound St. in Bonne Terre with a search warrant. The focus of the investigation and search was to locate child pornography. After making contact with Carrow, it was determined that he lives at the house by himself.

Carrow was read his Miranda Rights and was interviewed on the spot while investigators searched his home. During the search, investigators found a desktop computer and several external hard drives.

It was noted that one hard drive was found hidden under his waterbed and when asked about it, Carrow said he hid the hard drive as they were knocking on his door. He also said he hid it because he thought they were there to talk to him about the television shows he had been downloading from the internet.

The computer and hard drives were previewed on scene and file sharing software was found on the computer. The reporting officer said he saw deleted files on the hard drives, which appeared to be child pornography.

The officer also reviewed two of the files that were located. The first file was a video that was nearly three minutes long and showed girls who appeared to be 12 to 14 years old partially unclothed. 

The other video was also three minutes long and showed girls who were naked around the same age as the other video.

MSHP Public Information Officer Shawn Griggs said the Digital Forensics Investigative Unit or DFIU, which is a section of the Division of the Drug and Crime Control, were the ones conducting the investigation.

“They are partly funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crimes grant and Missouri Internet Crimes against Children Task Force,” said Griggs. “They are part of the Division of the Drug and Crime Control and they handle these types of investigations.”

Griggs added the Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages internet users to promptly report anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate or sexualized communications with children to the patrol or local law enforcement.

To report any such behavior, the MSHP can be reached at 636-300-2800 or Central Dispatch can be reached at 573-431-3131.

Carrow is being held in the St. Francois County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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