A year later, still no trial date for Butler County man indicted on 101 counts of child porn

A year after a Madison Twp. man was indicted on 101 charges of child pornography, a trial date has not been set.

But a hearing on a defense motion filed seven months ago is scheduled to happen in 2021.

Trevor Fraley, 24, of Dickey Road, was indicted on Nov. 22, 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. Fraley remains free on $500,000 bond, and he was ordered to wear a GPS monitor, have no contact with any children, including his own, to have no internet access and to report twice per week to pretrial services.

In June, Fraley’s attorney, Chris Pagan, requested a change in that bond to allow him to work so he can pay his attorney. Pagan filed a motion to modify bond to permit Fraley to travel in more surrounding counties.

Fraley’s family owns a Butler County trucking company, and he can work for that company, but it requires traveling through Preble, Montgomery, Greene, Miami and Clark counties to get to a customer in Springfield, according to Pagan.

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The prosecution requested Fraley be required to provide a work order and travel itinerary that includes location and stops along the way prior to the trips so his movements and purpose can be monitored and verified.

Judge Michael Oster Jr. granted the bond change and the prosecution’s request on monitoring.

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

On Monday, Fraley was not in court for a pre-trial hearing concerning the suppression motion because he is in coronavirus quarantine, according to court officials. Oster scheduled a hearing for Jan. 21 on the motion to suppress.

Pagan argued some of the 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.

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.

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