Daniel Fuller, 46, of Pevely has been charged with 17 felonies for sexual exploitation of a minor, child pornography, statutory rape and other crimes against minors, authorities report.
He was arrested Tuesday (July 10), after detectives and other law enforcement officers searched his home in the 9000 block of Ponderosa and seized several computers, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Fuller was being held today in the Jefferson County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
Officers searched his home after getting a tip about child pornography from the Nebraska State Patrol, which had been notified by Cabela’s, a sporting goods retailer headquartered in that state, about images found on a recording device that Fuller allegedly had bought and then returned, said Capt. Ron Arnhart of the Sheriff’s Office.
The device was a pair of sunglasses with a recording system embedded in it, according to the probable cause statement.
Images found on the device showed a naked adult male and a naked teenage girl, and the man allegedly was Fuller, according to the probable cause statement.
When officers searched Fuller’s home, they determined the location shown on the recording was from inside one of the bathrooms, the report said.
Fuller allegedly confessed to having sexual relations with the minor on various occasions between November 2011 and July 9, 2012, according to the report.
Arnhart said Fuller had been unhappy with the recording device and returned it, and when the company was checking it out for repairs, employees found the images.
Law enforcement officials will check out the computers seized from his home for inappropriate material, Arnhart added.
Fuller was charged today (July 11) with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, a class B felony; one count of promoting child pornography, a class C felony; eight counts of statutory sodomy, all class C felonies; two counts of statutory rape, both class C felonies; and five class D felonies.
The class B felony carries a penalty between five and 15 years in prison. Each of the class C felonies is punishable by up to seven years, and the class D felonies each carry a maximum penalty of four years.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force based in Clayton assisted with the investigation.
– Kim Robertson