The Cyber Crimes Task Force opened the investigation August 5, 2015, after receiving a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, the tip was from an anonymous source, accusing “Steve O’Neal” of being in possession of child pornography.
Investigators arrested O’Neill Monday after making contact with several individuals to locate him. A forensic examiner found several images and videos created by the suspect without the victim’s knowledge.
O’Neill was charged by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department with Possession of Child Pornography, Invasion of Privacy in the 2nd Degree and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
He was taken to the Boone County Jail and set on a $9,000 bond.