Trial date set for Butler County man charged with 101 child porn crimes

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Man facing 101 counts of child pornography released on bond

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Sixteen months after a Madison Twp. man was charged with 101 counts of child pornography, a trial date has been set in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

Trevor Fraley, 26, of Dickey Road was back in court Monday for a hearing on a motion to suppress evidence. A decision was not made by Judge Michael Oster Jr. on those motions, but he set a trial date for Aug. 31.

Fraley was indicted in November 2019 on multiple counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a child and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

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Fraley has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Oster previously set bond for Fraley at $500,000. As part of the bond, Oster also ordered that Fraley wear a GPS monitor, have no contact with any children, including his own, have no internet access and report twice per week to pretrial services. He is free on bond.

Trevor Fraley, right, with his attorney Chris Pagan, in Butler County Common Pleas Court. LAUREN PACK/STAFF
Trevor Fraley, right, with his attorney Chris Pagan, in Butler County Common Pleas Court. LAUREN PACK/STAFF

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In March 2020, defense attorney Chris Pagan filed a motion to suppress evidence, including items taken from a Middletown home on Crawford Street, cell phone, computers and other electronic devices.

Pagan argued some of the multiple search warrants were not properly signed by the magistrate and relied on an uncorroborated statement from a woman with a drug addiction and a case through Butler County Children Services.

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A computer believed to belong to Fraley contained “a very large amount of child pornography — over 1,200 videos depicting children engaged in sexual activity, much of which has been duplicated by defendant’s backing up the videos from his phone to his computer. The most recent unidentified backup occurred on Oct. 29 (in 2019),” Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Kelly Heile said in court documents.

The motion also says some of the images allegedly traced to Fraley’s digital payment service include sex acts involving toddler-aged children. One of the images may have been taken at a previous residence shared by a witness and Fraley, according to Heile.

A hearing was originally set for April 2020 but did not happen. A hearing was continued in progress in January, according to court records, and scheduled for Monday.

After meeting with attorneys in chambers Monday morning, Oster indicated he would give the prosecution and defense until May 10 to document points of law.

A hearing was scheduled for May 24.

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