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NKY photographer federally indicted on child porn charges

Charles Jones (Photo: Boone County Jail) Charles Jones (Photo: Boone County Jail)

A Boone County photographer was federally indicted Thursday - accused of taking nude photographs of children then trading them online.

Charles Jones, 32, who operates Pure Fire Photography out of his residence, allegedly took nude photographs of children then traded them online for like images from other pedophiles, according to the Boone County Sheriff's spokesman Tom Scheben. 

Jones was federally indicted on sexual exploitation of children and two counts of certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors, according to the indictment filed Thursday. He is set for a pretrial conference on Nov. 25. 

"In my 37 years, it's the worst I've encountered,” Scheben said.

Jones is accused of photographing nude children, some of them less than a year old. Authorities say he also made sexually explicit videos with a 13-month-old child, Scheben said.

"There is no ring. He's acting alone. He's taking images of children, and let's be specific, they're porn images. He's trading them,” Scheben, said.  

He was arrested in March of this year after agents executed a search warrant for a child pornography investigation that originated in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was charged with sodomy, sexual abuse, incest and use of a minor in a sex performance, according to Scheben.

Investigators estimated that Jones' alleged activity has been going on for at least a year.  

Officials say that a preliminary investigation revealed Jones has 10 victims.

According to Boone County police, one of the incidents happened while photographed a nude child less than a year old at a state park.

Police say, a lot of times, Jones would many times snap the photos with his phone, maybe when parents weren't paying attention. Some of the victims may have been inappropriately touched by Jones, according to police.

"Total shock. This neighborhood is so quiet and peaceful. You just don't expect something like this,” said Michael Carter, a neighbor.

He's talking about unsettling accusations about his his neighbor, Jones.

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