A former Camden County deputy has been charged with first degree possession of child pornography, a Class D felony, following several investigations and the appointment of a special prosecutor.

A former Camden County deputy has been charged with first degree possession of child pornography, a Class D felony, following several investigations and the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Leonard Jerome Wilson, 39, of Camdenton was charged by Morgan County Prosecutor Dustin G. Dunklee, acting as special prosecutor for Camden County, on Oct. 13, 2017.

An order appointing a special prosecutor was filed on Oct. 13 to avoid any conflict of interest. Division 5 and Division 4 judges have recused themselves. The case has been transferred to the presiding judge’s office for assignment.

According to the Camden County Circuit Clerk’s Office, the charge has been filed, but the warrant had not yet been signed by the judge as of late Tuesday afternoon.

An investigator with the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team was brought in on July 17, 2017 to assist CCSO in a child molestation investigation which were the results of an internal investigation regarding various allegations of sexual misconduct by Wilson, both on and off duty.

Wilson was employed by the sheriff’s office from Jan. 24, 207  through July. 15, 2017. He was terminated due to disciplinary reasons unrelated to these charges, according to the sheriff’s office. Wilson came to the sheriff’s department from Waynesville. His address is listed in Camdenton. 

Details of the investigation are sketchy at this time, but digital images were allegedly seized. The investigation is ongoing.