BCSD arrest an Inwood man after a tip from ICACTF

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Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department report the arrest of an Inwood West Virginia man after a cyber tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF).

At approximately 3 p.m. April 12 Berkeley County Sheriff’s Investigators took 40-year-old Russell Franklin into custody on child pornography charges.

Investigators that included West Virginia State Police were able to trace the internet activity to Franklin who had accessed child pornography on a device.

A warrant for Franklin’s home was acquired and executed and his devices were confiscated and examined.

Franklin’s devices were found to have incriminating photos on them.

Franklin has been charged with 8 counts of distribution and exhibiting minors in explicit and illicit acts.

More charges are likely upon further investigation.

After appearing before a Berkeley County Magistrate Franklin was released on bond.

The ICACTF is a national network composed of over 5,400 federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel.

The network is dedicated to investigating, prosecuting, and developing effective responses to internet crimes against children.

Anyone with information on the case involving Franklin or any case regarding the solicitation or exploitation of children should contact their local law enforcement agency.

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