Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 15, 2014

Tazewell grand jury indictments include child pornography, burglary

TAZEWELL, Va. — A Tazewell County grand jury that met earlier this week, named 49 people in crimes ranging from possession of illegal drugs, forgery, child endangerment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and more.

The grand jury indicted a Richlands, Va., man, Terry Allen Fox, 44, on five child pornography charges including one count of producing, making child pornography involving a child older than 15 years old, one count of first offense possession of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography, second or subsequent offense.

“This case was developed by our Internet Crimes Against Children office,” Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said. “The investigators who work in that department have a program that seeks out individuals who download those files. Once we found the material, we searched for an IP address. They can be anywhere, but we found this individual in Richlands, Va.”

Hieatt said that Sgt. Mike Brown, head of the Tazewell County ICAC unit, worked with the Richlands Police Department in the process of his investigation. “The investigation revealed that he was downloading it and sharing it,” Hieatt said.

“Once we spoke with Mr. Fox, we scanned his computer and found images,” Hieatt said. “The ICAC found child pornography that had been down loaded and shared. Along with working with the Richlands Police Department, our ICAC unit worked with the ICAC unit with the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office on this case.”

The grand jury also returned an indictment naming Erik Lee Wickham, 34, of North Tazewell, Va., in a 22-count indictment related to a string of burglary, grand larceny, selling and possessing stolen property, uttering a forged check, and more.

“This involved a string of burglaries at several homes in the Springville area,” Hieatt said. “He found the homes of people who were gone for a period of time and went there. He got televisions, flat screen TVs, jewelry, electronic equipment, hand guns, an X-box, a Blackberry, stolen checks and more. In fact, it was the stolen checks that led to his capture when he tried to pass off a forged check,” Hieatt said.

For a complete listing of the grand jury indictments, see Sunday’s edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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