Slade Sohmer was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography
The former editor of a popular news website faces child pornography charges in Massachusetts, the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office says.
Slade Sohmer, the ex-editor-in-chief of The Recount, was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of dimensions of child pornography, the district attorney says in a press release.
Authorities received a tip in June that sparked an investigation into Sohmer, authorities say. Sohmer’s phones and multiple electronic devices were seized in October, according to the release and a police report reviewed by PEOPLE.
Detectives allegedly found more than a thousand explicit images and videos, hundreds of which depicted child sex abuse images, with children as young as three or four being assaulted, police say.
At least one of the videos was produced by Sohmer, authorities allege. More charges could follow once all the evidence is reviewed.
Investigators also say they found messages sent through Telegram Messenger in which Sohmer allegedly discussed luring, kidnapping and raping children with an unidentified individual, according to the police report.
The Berkshire Eagle reported that Sohmer has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released on $100,000 bail, with strict conditions, including no internet access or contact with minors, the district attorney’s office says.
TheWrap reported that Sohmer has not worked for The Recount since early October, according to a statement from the site.
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