A former Camden County deputy facing allegations of possession of child pornography, molestation and other charges was arrested Thursday night and made bond within the hour.

A former Camden County deputy facing allegations of possession of child pornography, molestation and other charges was arrested Thursday night and made bond within the hour.

Wanted on an arrest warrant issued Oct. 25, 2017 in Camden County, Leonard Jerome Wilson turned himself in to the Miller County Sheriff’s Office in Tuscumbia around 10:30 p.m. Nov. 2, according to a press release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office. He posted bond through a bonding agency at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Wilson had been assigned a $75,000 surety bond prior to his arrest.

The 39-year-old is accused of possession of child pornography, a Class D felony; fourth degree child molestation, a Class E felony; and one count each of furnishing pornographic material and second degree stalking, both Class A misdemeanors.

According to the probable cause statement filed by a Missouri State Technical Assistance Team investigator, computer experts were able to forensically extract 18 images of what was termed child pornography, images depicting toddlers and pre-pubescent females in sexually-explicit poses and conduct, and 49 images of what was described as “child erotica.” Located on the same card, investigators found 26 images that included Wilson. Four of the photographs showed Wilson with an adult female and a female child, and 22 were nude self-images of Wilson, the court document states. Eight photos were of male genitals that appeared to be that of a black male.

Wilson was employed by the sheriff’s office from Jan. 24, 2017 through July 15, 2017. He was terminated due to disciplinary reasons unrelated to these charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

The investigation by STAT was launched July 17, 2017 after an internal investigation by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office into allegations of sexual misconduct while Wilson was both on and off duty. These accusations came from adult women both civilian and from within the sheriff’s office.

At least two of the women reported suspicions that Wilson was having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

The women all reported that at some point during their relationship or association with Wilson he had via cell phone sent them nude photographs of his genitals, sexually explicit messages and inappropriate videos of himself. The women had not requested the photos or videos, according to the court document, which were all reportedly sent via the social media platform, Snapchat.

During her interview with the STAT investigator, the juvenile girl in question confirmed initial allegations and reported additional details against Wilson whom she had apparently met during a call for service at the high school, prior to the police pursuit. 

She reported inappropriate touching and stalking incidents on multiple occasions as well as sexually-explicit photos sent via Snapchat.

It should be noted that pictures and message on Snapchat are only available a short time before they become inaccessible.

According to court documents, the girl said Wilson stopped sending her Snapchat photos around the time she was contacted by the CCSO about their investigation.

Based on the girl’s extensive statements, a search warrant was obtained and Wilson’s two cell phones, a MicroSD card and a tablet were seized as evidence and forensically examined.

The MicroSD card was reportedly where the pornographic images of children were found.

According to the probable cause statement, the only contact between the girl and Wilson found on the two phones occurred on June 8, 2017 during the police pursuit, either prior to or possibly during the pursuit itself. The calls reportedly came from the girl to Wilson. And while Wilson’s devices were Snapchat capable, no Snapchat images or videos were able to be recovered.

Prior to moving to Camdenton, Wilson lived in the Waynesville area, at one time working as an officer for the Waynesville Police Department.