Mickey R. Murrill

101-count indictment latest notable child porn case in Butler and Warren counties

An indictment last week of a Madison Twp. man for allegedly possessing child pornography prompted strong statements from Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones about the amount of images found on electronic devices allegedly belong to 24-year-old Trevor Fraley.

“This is probably one of the largest internet crimes involving children and children molestation that I have ever seen,” Jones said. “This is what people have nightmares (about) or what you think is the most cruelest you have ever seen is what we have seen on video.”

The father of three was originally arrested on unrelated drug charges at a Crawford Street residence on Nov. 13, where a laptop was found near him. Detectives say Fraley was already under investigation before the laptop was seized. He was indicted on Friday on 101 counts of charges involving child pornography.

“You would think things like this happen somewhere else, that they don’t happen around here, that we don’t have people out among us doing these things, but we do,” Jones said.

The case is the latest in the area involving child pornography or child sex charges that are pending or have resulted in convictions.

Mickey R. Murrill

A Trenton man, Mickey R. Murrill, was sentenced to 25 years to life in October 2018 for child sex crimes including illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance.

Murrill was indicted by a grand jury on 25 charges, including kidnapping for sexual motivation, illegal use of a minor in a nudity oriented material or performance, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, voyeurism, rape, gross sexual imposition and 12 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

He pleaded pleaded guilty to 10 of those counts, including rape of child under the age of 10, kidnapping, voyeurism and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

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The six victims are between the ages of 6 and 12, according to the Trenton police and prosecutors.

Murrill showed pictures of females wearing no pants to a 6-year-old girl and then asked the child to pull down her pants, according to the police report.

Detectives searched Murrill’s apartment two days later and seized a laptop, a tablet, a flash drive, two SD cards and a camera. The electronics were analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

During an interview with detectives, Murrill said that he had a spy camera in his residence that was made to look like a USB charger.

Murrill was producing some of the images involving a child and also downloading some images, according to prosecutors.

Dalton Morehead

Dalton C. Morehead, 29, of Deerfield Twp., was sentenced to three years in prison last week for possession of child pornography, including “probably the most horrifying child pornography that we’ve ever seen,” according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.

Moorhead was one of three men indicted in the case.

On May 20, Moorhead and Verlan Harper, 68, of South Lebanon were indicted, including Harper on 27 counts of pandering and two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, a fifth-degree felony and Moorhead on 47 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

Thomas Johnson, 79, of Franklin Twp., was indicted on June 24 on 67 felony counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity-oriented material or performance, fifth-degree felonies, and the pandering charge, fourth-degree felonies.

After the indictments were issued, Fornshell remarked that evidence gathered in Moorhead’s case included a horrifying video of a 12- to 18-month-old girl beaten, raped and tortured.

Alfred Allen

The former director of the McGuffey Montessori School in Oxford, Alfred Allen of Fairfield Twp. was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2014 after pleading guilty to eight of 20 charges of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

On May 30, 2013, it was reported to an Oxford police officer working a private detail at the school on Westgate Drive that Allen was suspected of misuse of the school’s debit/credit card. That investigation resulted in Allen being charged with misdemeanor theft.

Evidence collected in that investigation also revealed Allen had explicit material involving children in his possession, according to police. Oxford police and prosecutors said it is not believed that any of the children from the school are involved.

Jason Fletcher

In February, Jason Fletcher of Franklin was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison following his conviction in a child pornography production case.

Fletcher was found guilty of conspiracy to produce and production of child pornography following a June 2018 bench trial in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.

Fletcher and Ciera Richter, 25, of Cincinnati, were indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2017. Richter previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography.

According to court documents, Fletcher previously was convicted by the state of importuning a minor, among other crimes. Under the terms of his probation, he was not to possess pornography of any kind, U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman and Steve Francis, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, said in announcing the convictions.

According to evidence at Fletcher’s bench trial and Richter’s plea, in February 2017, on an evening when Richter was babysitting the toddler, Fletcher used his cellphone to record videos of himself molesting the victim, while Richter held and moved the 2-year-old. Fletcher brought “medicine” with him, which Richter gave to the child. Fletcher was a registered sex offender at the time he made the videos.

Johnanthony Boyd

A trial is scheduled next month for Johnanthony Boyd, 20, who is charged with nine counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, nine counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and one count of rape.

Boyd, of Hamilton, was arrested by Hamilton detectives on May 24 and booked into the Butler County Jail, where he remains incarcerated in lieu of $205,000 bond. The alleged crimes occurred in July and September of 2018.

The arrest report from Officer Mark Nichols states Boyd allegedly took “three videos of two different minor children under the age of 13 years old. The defendant took videos of their breast and (genitalia).”

Police say Boyd recorded a video of an 11-year-old child performing a sex act on him. All the images were in Boyd’s possession on his phone, according to the arrest report.

Wayne Barnett

Wayne Barnett, 60, is facing a felony charge for allegedly sending and receiving sexual material to and from a juvenile, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office was contacted on Oct. 23 by an Arizona law enforcement agency concerning an investigation into social media interaction between a 12-year-old girl and Barnett, according to court documents obtained by the Journal-News.

Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 25, the girl sent several sexually explicit videos to Barnett through Snapchat, the complaint says.

The Arizona detective was able to confirm Barnett received the videos through a search warrant of Barnett’s Snapchat account, according to the court documents.

Butler County sheriff’s detectives said Barnett initiated the contact with the girl and manipulated her to send the sexual videos and photos.

Barnett, of Fairview Avenue, was interviewed and cooperated with the investigation, according to the sheriff’s office. Barnett said he sent the material to an underage child. Barnett was booked into the Butler County Jail and charged with pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a second-degree felony. His case is awaiting consideration by a Butler County grand jury.

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