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TV meteorologist in Ohio downloaded a 'significant amount' of child porn, prosecutor said

Posted: 1:35 PM, Oct 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-09 16:35:45-04
TV meteorologist in Ohio downloaded a 'significant amount' of child porn, prosecutor said

Mike Davis, a former TV meteorologist in Columbus, Ohio, was indicted on Wednesday on four felony counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.

Davis was arrested last month after investigators alleged that the meteorologist possessed and downloaded child pornography. He was released on a $25,000 bond last month.

Davis pleaded not guilty to the counts returned by a grand jury.

“Over a period of several years, Davis downloaded a significant amount of images depicting nude children and child pornography on several devices and was emailing the images and child pornography to himself. There is no evidence he produced the images or sent them to anyone else.” Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

Davis was the chief meteorologist for WBNS-TV in Columbus. He had been employed by the station until the day after his arrest in September.

O'Brien said that investigators searched both Davis' home and the television studio for evidence.

“Between October 2018 and September 2019, the indictment alleges that Davis downloaded and emailed to himself videos and images depicting young children engaging in sexual activity,” O’Brien said.

O'Brien's office said that the county sheriff's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Yahoo! Inc. account associated with Davis’ email address had downloaded a significant amount of suspected child pornography.

Davis's arraignment is scheduled for Monday, October 21 in Columbus.