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DeKalb County Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

Taniesa L. Sullivan | The Weekly Ledger News | WAAY

SECTION, Ala. - A Section man faces multiple counts of possession of child pornography after DeKalb County Sheriff's Office investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children earlier this month.

PHOTO: Mug shot from DeKalb County Sheriff's Office of Toney Dewayne Chapman, 59 of Section.

The sheriff's office said the Dec. 13 tip was about someone living near Powell who was suspected of being involved in child pornography crimes. The same day, an investigator with the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force visited the home of 59-year-old Toney Dewayne Chapman, where it was discovered, Chapman had a cellphone with numerous illegal pictures and videos.

The sheriff's office said further investigation and digital analysis led to Chapman's arrest on Dec. 19 on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "We are dedicated to working closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Crime Against Children to help combat this illegal activity. Any crime that is harmful or threatening to our children will be dealt with aggressively and will be investigated to the fullest extent possible. I would like to thank our investigators for the outstanding work on this case and the cases endangering our children!"

Court records show Chapman was released Tuesday from the DeKalb County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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