Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint accusing a Bettendorf man of receiving and possessing child pornography.
On Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Davenport, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields found probable cause for the arrest of Travis C. Wharton, 27, of Bettendorf,who now faces possible indictment by a grand jury.He has been detained while further court dates are set.
According to the complaint, the Scott County Sheriff's Office, in April 2011, notified the U.S. Secret Service in Springfield, of an investigation into an individual who allegedly possessed and was receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.
The month prior, law enforcement agents tracked the IP address to Mr. Wharton's Bettendorf apartment. According to the complaint, when officials showed up to search his residence, Mr. Wharton reportedly said, "I know why you are here. ... the images on the computer."
The complaint says Mr. Wharton estimated he had up to 40 files stored on his computer, in addition to "thousands" which he had deleted. Authorities searched Mr. Wharton's computer files and allegedly found several hundred videos and images, records say.
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