Two local residents have been charged in connection with child pornography.
Andrew Hotchkiss, 33, of rural Bonne Terre, has been charged with two counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and felony possession of child pornography. His bond has been set at $200,000 cash only.
Roseann Nickles, 28, of rural Bonne Terre, has been charged with felony endangering the welfare of a child. Her bond is set at $25,000.
According to a probable cause statement by Detective Ken Wakefield of the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, an officer from the Oregon State Police contacted Wakefield earlier this month regarding a possession of child pornography case.
According to the document, Oregon police found photographs showing child pornography that had been taken with a cellular phone.
Wakefield’s report states that the images contain metadata, which can be used to determine where the photographs were taken using global positioning coordinates (GPS). The coordinates revealed that the photos had been taken at a Quiet Lane address north of Bonne Terre.
A deputy in the sheriff’s department who was familiar with Hotchkiss because Hotchkiss had previously been a Leadwood police officer, viewed the photographs of a white male and was able to identify the man depicted in the photographs as Hotchkiss.
On Friday, a warrant was issued for the Quiet Lane residence. Investigators were able to determine that 12 separate photographs showing child pornography were taken in a bedroom of the residence.
The report states the photographs contain images of Hotchkiss performing sexual acts on a child less than 12 years of age. Nickles was seen in one of the photos lying in bed next to the child while Hotchkiss performed sex acts on the child.
Both Hotchkiss and Nickles were taken into custody and are being held at the St. Francois County Jail.