Union man arrested for having child porn


By Ron Nunnari - Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com



Stephen S. Foy

Stephen S. Foy


UNION — Officers from the Englewood and Union police departments March 3 executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Zinfandel Drive in Union as the result of a child pornography investigation initiated by an Englewood officer.

Police seized a computer tower, a router, a modem, two digital cameras and other equipment belonging to the grandson of the elderly homeowner.

On March 10 Englewood Officer Kerry Smoot presented the case to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, which approved four charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a felony of the second degree. Smoot filed charges March 11 through Vandalia Municipal Court and the court issued a warrant for each count.

Smoot advised the suspect that warrants had been issued for his arrest. On March 11 Stephen S. Foy, 38, of Union, turned himself in and was arrested on four warrants for pandering obscenity involving a minor. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail.

Smoot began his investigation into the case on November 9, 2015. He had been made aware of the possible crime by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). ICAC provided Smoot with an Internet Protocol number, or address, that is assigned to each computer. ICAC detected the specific Internet Protocol number had been sharing known child pornography. Smoot used specialized software installed on his computer that allows an investigator to capture network activity and to identify potential suspects based on their geographic location to conduct his investigation.

He was able to connect with Foy’s computer on nine occasions. Smoot discovered videos involving underage girls, one as young as approximately 4-years-old, involved in sexual activity with a teenage male. Other videos involved adults, both male and female, engaging in sexual activity with underage girls.

Foy is scheduled to appear in court on March 21 at 4 p.m.

Stephen S. Foy
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/03/web1_StephenFoy.jpgStephen S. Foy

By Ron Nunnari

Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com

Ron Nunnari can be reached at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

Ron Nunnari can be reached at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

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