Michael David Bolton, 45, of 414 Jent Ridge Road in Parrish, has been charged with 21 counts of production of obscene material (child pornography) and 21 counts of possession of obscene material.
He is currently being held in the Walker County Jail on a $420,000 bond.
Sgt. Dayron Bridges, the Sheriff’s Office’s Rape and Child Sex Crimes Investigator, said after several months of investigation, an arrest warrant was issued in this case, and Bolton was taken into custody late Friday evening.
“We began this investigation in May 2012, after receiving information regarding some child pornography reportedly being in this person possession,” Bridges said. “Myself and Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Ralph Williams executed a search warrant at a residence on Jent Ridge Road in Parrish, where we confiscated a computer. We brought the computer back to the sheriff’s office and turned it over to our computer forensics expert, Sgt. Tim Thomas.”
Bridges said Thomas has spent the past several months going over not only that computer, but numerous other storage devices discovered in Bolton’s possession.
“Through our investigation we discovered at least two separate incidents involving images of a local 14-year-old female, but this case involves more than just one child,” Thomas said. “I found numerous other images on a variety of different media devices, involving other local children, both male and female.”
Thomas said when this case is presented to the Walker County Grand Jury more charges may be pending as hundreds of other images were discovered on various devices. “It took a total of 45 days to view about 35 pieces of media — from cell phones to camera SD cards to flash drives and floppy disc as well as computers — and then file all the reports,” he said.
Thomas said that in child pornography cases, it usually takes about 80 hours to work a computer and about 12 hours per media device. Both Bridges and Thomas agree that the computer forensic lab at the Walker County Sheriff’s Office is truly an asset to have at their disposal. But they also appreciate all the tips they receive from the public on cases of this nature.
“The tips we receive help us a lot, because without them we probably wouldn’t know about a lot of the cases we’ve worked lately,” Bridges said. “So we truly appreciate all the help we get from the public.”
“We are running across more and more of these type cases, because people are becoming more and more aware of what is going on and reporting it,” Thomas added. “And now we have the time and man power to work them, so before you know it, one case has led us to another, and so on.”
Anyone who has any information regarding any type of child sex crime, such as sexual abuse or pornography, should contact Sgt. Dayron Bridges of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 205-302-6464.