A Middlesboro man accused of possessing child pornography has been indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury.
Claude Albert Robinson, 63, was indicted on five counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 20 counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and for being a persistent felony offender.
Robinson was arrested on the charges in April by Kentucky State Police Det. Tyson Lawson.
According to the release, the arrest was the result of an ongoing Internet Crimes Against Children investigation by the KSP Electronic Crime Branch. Detectives began investigating in October 2013 after they discovered a suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. The majority of the images depicted the sexual abuse of children who were less than 10 years of age.
Police said following the execution of a search warrant at Robinson’s residence in the Middlesboro community, he was placed under arrest and transported to the Bell County Detention Center.
Other persons recently indicted and the charges they are facing include:
• Pete Raygoza, 35, of Middlesboro, two counts of theft by unlawful taking under $500 and tampering with physical evidence;
• Helen Marie Helton, 41, of Pineville, theft of identity of another without consent and receiving goods by fraud under $10,000 within six month period;
• Christopher Ball, 37, of Middlesboro, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, theft of identity of another without consent, possession of marijuana and second-degree possession of a controlled substance;
• Timmy Goins, of Vonore, Tenn., first-degree possession of a controlled substance;
• Christine L. Erickson, 53, of Vonore, Tenn., possession of drug paraphernalia, first- and second-degree possession of a controlled substance;
• Tommy Wayne Simpson, 43, of Middlesboro, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.