Vandalia man indicted for possessing child pornography

By Darrell Wacker -

VANDALIA — A Vandalia man has been indicted for having sex-oriented material involving children on a computer.

Allen M. Ellis, 19, was indicted by the Montgomery County Grand Jury Wednesday on 14 counts of Pandering sex oriented material involving a minor. The charges are fourth degree felonies.

The case began being investigated in February when employees of Cashland on National Road took possession of Ellis’ forfeited laptop computer which he had pawned at the store. When staff began wiping the hard drive, they discovered what appeared to be sexual images of juveniles.

Vandalia police were called to investigate and seized the computer. They initially contacted the FBI and the Ohio BCI regarding a forensic examination of the computer, but ultimately had a detective from the Englewood Police Department do the exam. That exam revealed 54 images of child pornography on the computer.

During an interview with Vandalia police, Ellis admitted the computer was his and said he “would go to the sites, download the photos, and save them on his computer…”

Police also seized his cell phone and a desktop computer at his residence.

A warrant has been issued for Ellis. He is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 3 in the courtroom of Judge Richard S. Skelton.

By Darrell Wacker

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.