Oak Harbor man facing federal child porn charge

An Oak Harbor man is facing a charge in U.S District Court after Twitter alerted authorities that he had uploaded a child pornography image to his account, according to a report by a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Theron Heckenlively, a registered sex offender, Nov. 15 with receipt of child pornography.

Twitter sent a CyberTip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in June, reporting that a Twitter user uploaded a child porn image.

The special agent was able to trace the suspect to Heckenlively through the IP address. Heckenlively is a registered sex offender because of a juvenile conviction for child molestation in the first degree.

The special agent executed a search warrant for Heckenlively’s home Nov. 15.

He allegedly admitted that he regularly downloaded child porn via links to Dropbox accounts he found on the Internet; several images and video of suspected child porn were found in his Dropbox account, the report states.

A magistrate judge ordered that Heckenlively be held in detention because of the risk he will not appear for future hearings and because he poses a risk of danger to the community, according to court documents.

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