In early July, the Missouri State Highway Patrol began investigating a network commonly used to share and disseminate child pornography. After the initial investigation, detectives with Highway Patrol passed online information and a file containing more than 50 images of suspected child pornography to the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Check of the Internet Protocol (IP) address came back to the residence of 30-year-old Patrick Freeman, along the 2200 block of Central Park Drive, in Troy.
Detectives with the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force applied and received a search warrant for Freeman’s residence. During the search, detectives retrieved several files of child pornography from Freeman’s electronic devices in the basement.
According to Freeman’s girlfriend, the electronic devices found the basement were only used by Patrick. Freeman was taken into custody.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office allocates a fulltime investigator to the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, in St Charles.
Freeman is charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography with More Then 20 Pictures and is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $50,000 cash only bond. Other conditions of bond may apply.