Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced the arrest of a Chillicothe man on child pornography charges and warned people in that community that some victims may be local children.
Agents with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) arrested William Noble, 48, on Tuesday, after serving a search warrant at his home on North Pohlman Road in Chillicothe.
As part of DeWine’s Crimes Against Children Initiative, BCI began investigating Noble after obtaining evidence that he disseminated and/or possessed child pornography in September.
“Agents confiscated several computers and other media devices from the suspect’s home, and those will all be thoroughly analyzed,” DeWine said. “An initial review of the evidence leads us to believe that this man may have been in possession of hundreds of photographs and videos.”
DeWine said investigators also have reason to believe that some of the evidence may contain images of local children taken without their knowledge.
“We are asking parents in Chillicothe to talk with their children and find out if they have had any contact with this suspect,” DeWine said.
Noble is currently in the Ross County Jail on eight charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor. Officers with the Chillicothe Police Department are assisting with the investigation.
DeWine said anyone with additional information on this case can call the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 855-BCI-OHIO or the Chillicothe Police Department at (740) 773-1191.