Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges in Putnam County

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/7/13 @ 10 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A man has been arrested on child pornography charges after deputies say they found 100 pictures on his cell phone.

John Markham was arrested Thursday afternoon in Putnam County.

Deputies say they executed a search warrant at Markham's home on Cherry Street in Hurricane Wednesday.

They say they seized his cell phone and found 100 pictures of young girls engaged in sexual acts.

Deputies say a federal investigation into Markham began two months ago, and he is believed to have distributed the images on the internet. They don't believe Markham was responsible for taking any of those pictures, and the victims are not local.

Markham's home is just a few blocks from Hurricane Town Elementary School.

Investigators also say Markham had more than 40 animals inside his home, including dogs, opossums, raccoons and snakes.

Those animals were taken in by the Putnam Animal Shelter. Markham's wife was cited for animal cruelty.

Markham is being held at the Western Regional Jail on a $750,000 bond.



ORIGINAL STORY
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been arrested on child pornography charges after deputies say they found 100 pictures on his cell phone.

John Markham was arrested Thursday afternoon in Putnam County.

Deputies say they executed a search warrant at Markham's home in Hurricane earlier this week.

They say they seized his cell phone and found 100 pictures of young girls engaged in sexual acts.

Markham will be taken to the Western Regional Jail.


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