Suspect in ‘one of the worst cases of child pornography’ indicted on 101 counts

Suspect in ‘one of the worst cases of child pornography’ indicted on 101 counts
Trevor Fraley (Source: Middletown City Jail)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - A Middletown man accused in what the Butler County Sheriff calls one of the worst cases of child pornography his office has ever investigated is indicted on 101 counts.

The indictment against Trevor Fraley, 24, was handed down by a Butler County Grand Jury Friday afternoon.

Included in the indictment are new charges that say Fraley created some of the child pornography he is accused of distributing.

He could now spend the rest of his life in prison.

Fraley is held without bond at the Butler County Jail on two counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity-oriented material or performance, according to the jail.

Fraley pleaded not guilty before a judge on Nov. 26 and was ordered to be held without bond.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said earlier this week 100 or more charges could be coming against Fraley.

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, according to the sheriff.

“It’s the most terrible thing I have ever seen, and I have seen some pretty terrible things,” he said in a news conference earlier this week. “It’s things you would have nightmares about if you’ve even seen it. "It’s that bad.”

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

Three children were found in Fraley’s home in Middletown when he was first arrested last week on other charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

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

Investigators, who are in the early stages of what is turning out to be a massive investigation, also do not know if the children in the images are local, or where exactly the videos were recorded.

Jones has said even talking about the case “gives me chills down my spine” and should for anyone else, too.

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

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