Atwood man arrested on child-pornography charges

Atwood man arrested on child-pornography charges

ATWOOD — An Atwood man is facing child-pornography charges after his arrest Monday.

According to a release from Atwood police, Dennis West, 43, was arrested during a search of his residence Monday night.

Chief Rob Bross said in November, his department was advised by law-enforcement officers in Arthur that they recovered a cellphone owned by West during a separate investigation. Atwood authorities spoke with an out-of-state victim and learned that West received nude images of her when she was under the age of 18. Those images were located on the recovered cellphone.

Atwood police obtained a search warrant for West's residence with the assistance of the Piatt County State's Attorney's Office. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office assisted with the search.

West was taken to the Piatt County Jail, where he was released after posting 10 percent of his $100,000 bond.

Atwood police are asking anyone with information on this crime or any similar incidents to call them at 217-578-3141 or get in touch with their local police department.

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