The case of a former Lake area police officer charged for child pornography and sex abuse has been moved to Morgan County Circuit Court on a change of venue.

The case of a former Lake area police officer charged for child pornography and sex abuse has been moved to Morgan County Circuit Court on a change of venue.

Leonard Jerome Wilson came before Senior Judge David Harrison Miller in Camden County Court August 13, 2018 and entered a plea of not guilty, waiving formal arraignment, during the case review hearing Monday. The pleading impacts two cases against the 39-year-old who has also been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

The state cases have been continued to October 29, 2018.

Morgan County Prosecutor Dustin Dunklee is the special prosecutor appointed to the cases. Wilson is being represented by Shane Farrow.

Formerly of Camdenton and Waynesville, Wilson had served a police officer in multiple jurisdictions in the region in recent years but had most recently been a deputy with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office. Wilson was terminated from the sheriff’s department prior to being charged due to unrelated disciplinary concerns. According to one of the probable cause statements filed against him, harassment allegations from adult females helped spur an investigation by the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team that subsequently led to the issuance of an arrest warrant for Wilson in October 2017. He turned himself in to the Miller County Sheriff’s Office on November 2, 2017 and quickly posted bond.

Wilson was employed by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office from January 24, 2017 to July 15, 2017. One set of crimes was alleged to have occurred between June 1, 2017 and June 8, 2017. Related charges include possession of child pornography - first offense, Class D felony; fourth degree child molestation, Class E felony; furnishing pornographic material to a minor, Class A misdemeanor; and second degree stalking, Class A misdemeanor.

New allegations arose after Wilson’s initial arrest.

In January 2018, he was charged with two counts of second degree statutory sodomy, Class D felonies, and one count of fourth degree child molestation, for an incident with a different girl that allegedly occurred on April 25, 2017.

The victims in both cases reported that the conduct occurred while Wilson was on duty as a deputy sheriff in his patrol car and in uniform.

Missouri Case.net indicates Wilson posted a $100,000 surety bond from the second set of state charges on February 13, 2018, however he remains in custody without bond on federal charges.

According to a February 2018 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wilson was charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City on December 21, 2017. That indictment was unsealed and made public February 5, 2018, after Wilson’s arrest in South Carolina on February 3.

The federal indictment alleged that Wilson received child pornography between April 26, 2015, and July 17, 2017. Wilson is also charged with possessing child pornography on July 17, 2017.

The case was investigated by the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).