On November 19, 2017, detectives with the St. Charles County Internet Crimes Against Children began investigating a computer in the St. Louis Metropolitan area promoting child pornography on a peer to peer network.
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned a computer in Moscow Mills was actively downloading child pornography from the same network and advised the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Moscow Mills Police Department of the computer’s activity. Detectives from the law enforcement agencies obtained and executed a search warrant on 32-year-old Charles Melvin Liley’s residence along the 1200 block of Elm Tree Common Ct., in Moscow Mills. During the course of the search, detectives seized Liley’s computer.
During a forensic search of Liley’s computer, detectives found multiple pictures child pornography downloaded from the network. Detectives also discovered several photographs Liley self-produced of a female child under the age of 12-years-old performing sexual acts.
Liley later admitted to detectives he made a female victim perform sex acts on him while he took pictures of her on March 20, 2017.
Liley has multiple sexual related convictions involving children, specifically in the State of Michigan. In 2000, Liley was found guilty of three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree with the victim under the age of 13. In 2007, Liley was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in the State of Michigan.
Liley was taken into custody and charged with Felony Promoting Child Pornography in the First Degree, Felony Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Child, Felony Use of Child in Sexual Performance and Felony Statutory Sodomy of a Child less than 14-years-old. Liley is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $500,000 cash only bond with no contact with the victim’s family and no contact with any minder under 18-years of age. Other conditions of bond may apply.