The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio
WBNS-10TV meteorologist Mike Davis was ordered held on $50,000 bond during an arraignment Friday morning on a charge the 60-year-old sent and received pornographic images involving minors.
Davis, 60, was arrested at his Upper Arlington home Thursday morning by the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The task force executed search warrants at Davis’ home and at the WBNS station Thursday, part of an investigation Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said began about two weeks ago when the task force received a tip related to Davis.
The task force received information related to IP addresses being used to download or send images, which led back to Davis’ home and the television station, Chief Deputy Rick Minerd said Thursday.
Electronics were seized at both locations where search warrants were executed, including a laptop and four thumb drives at the WBNS studio, the station reported yesterday.
Davis has worked at WBNS for more than 30 years.
Terry Sherman, Davis’ attorney, said in court Friday that “production is not an issue” and said it would be months before an indictment is handed down in the case.
If Davis posts bond, he will be barred from Internet access and will be required to turn over his passport, as well as have no unsupervised contact with minors.
Davis appeared before Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Eileen Paley Friday morning on a single count of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony.
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