Sidney man bound over on child porn charges
A 25 year old Sidney man has been bound over to District Court on 11 counts of child pornography related felony charges for sexually explicit images found on his cell phone.
Levi Hallett had a Preliminary Hearing in Cheyenne County District Court Thursday. Hallett is charged with five counts of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct, five counts of child pornography and one count of child abuse.
Court documents say Hallett was arrested August 27th when Police seized his cell phone after receiving complaints that underage females from age 9 to 15 had sent their nude photos to him.
While executing a search warrant, the court document says Hallett admitted to having a conversation with a girlfriend who discussed involving her 2-year-old female child in their sexual relationship.
Court documents say Hallett told Police a female he was dating had sent up to 100 sexually explicit nude photos of the child. The documents say Hallett also admitted to receiving approximately 10 images from another woman who was babysitting the same child.
The documents also say Hallett indicated to the investigator he had sent sexually explicit photos of his two year old boy to the woman.
Hallett will be arraigned in District Court on October 2nd, and remains in custody with a $100,000 bond, 10% allowed. He could receive up to 50 years in prison for each of the visual depiction charges, up to 20 years in prison for the child pornography counts, and a maximum of five years in prison on the child abuse charge.
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