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Independence man, ‘leader’ in local scout troop, charged with child pornography

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Posted at 8:52 PM, Feb 28, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-28 21:52:45-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County prosecutors Wednesday charged an Independence man, who police detectives identified as “a leader in a local scout troop,” with five counts of possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors charged Timothy Fry, 40, of Independence, Wednesday.

Independence police arrested and questioned Fry about disturbing images and videos found on his iPhone, according to a court document.

A tipster alerted Independence police about child sexual abuse material on Fry's cell phone.

An Independence police detective issued a Person of Interest Order for Fry, and an officer arrested Fry after a car stop Tuesday, a court document states.

Fry had the cell phone with him when he was arrested.

A search of a message thread with another person in the phone's Session App revealed more than 50 images of child pornography and 15 videos containing child sexual abuse material.

He told police he has been downloading child sexual abuse material since he was 19 years-old.

A judge set Fry's bond at $200,000. If he posts bond, Fry cannot have contact with minors and is not allowed to access the internet.

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