No bond for suspect in one of the worst cases of child porn Butler County has ever seen

Man accused in child porn case so bad 'you would have nightmares'

HAMILTON, Ohio (FOX19) - Dozens of additional charges are expected to be filed against a man accused of possessing child pornography in what the Butler County sheriff calls “one of the worst cases of child pornography investigated by this agency.”

“It is probably one of the largest internet crimes involving children, children molestation, that I have ever seen,” said Sheriff Richard Jones at a news conference Tuesday. “We have never seen anything like this. Ever.”

Jones estimates there could possibly be 100 or more charges filed against Trevor Fraley, 24, of Middletown.

Fraley is held at the Middletown City Jail on two counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity-oriented material or performance, according to the jail.

A Middletown Municipal Court judge on Wednesday ordered Fraley held without bond during a brief hearing Wednesday.

He is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing Friday.

Thousands of videos and images found on Fraley’s laptop computer show children and babies, including some in diapers, who appear to be as young as 8 months old or 2 years old, Jones said.

“It’s things you would have nightmares about if you’ve even seen it," he said. "It’s that bad.”

Investigators received a tip about child porn images and traced them to Fraley, who was arrested last week on unrelated drug charges, Jones said.

Three children were found in Fraley’s home in Middletown during his arrest, according to the sheriff’s office.

They are now in a secure location and are being evaluated, Jones said.

Butler sheriff: Man charged in ‘one of the worst cases of child porn’

At that point, Jones said investigators obtained a search warrant and seized all of Fraley’s electronic devices, resulting in investigators uncovering “thousands" of images and videos. They began the grim task of reviewing all that material.

“I feel sorry for my employees, my detectives, who have to view this,” the sheriff said.

Meanwhile, Fraley was released Sunday after someone posted his $10,000 bail.

At that point, the sheriff’s office signed new charges on him and, after investigators spoke with his attorney on Monday, Fraley turned himself in at the lobby of the sheriff’s office in Hamilton, Jones said.

Fraley was then booked into the Middletown jail again, just before 9:30 p.m. Monday, jail officials said.

Now, the case is so extensive, Jones said federal agents may be called to assist in the investigation.

It’s not clear yet if Fraley helped to create the videos or images taken, he said.

Investigators also do not know if the children in the images are local, or where exactly the videos were recorded, Jones said.

Anyone with information on Fraley or the investigation is urged to contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Office: 513-785-1000.

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