Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced today, December 3, 2014, that criminal charges have been filed in connection with an investigation into an individual who used the Twitter.com messaging service to post photos of nude minors.
Muscatine Police arrested BRIAR JARED TODD, DOB: 9/15/1995, of Muscatine for five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Each offense is a class "D" felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment. TODD was arrested today without incident.
The criminal complaints allege that TODD used an account he created with Twitter.com to post five separate photos of nude female minors. The manner in which the images were posted would allow anyone following the Twitter account to receive the photos. The information on the account identified each minor by name.
TODD's next court appearance will be on December 15, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
Persons seeking resources about internet safety, including information for parents to help children stay safe while online, may find the website NetSmartz411.org to be valuable. "The Internet is a wonderful thing for communication, education, and social networking, " said Ostergren. "It can also be a dangerous place, especially for children. I encourage parents to take an active role in what their children are doing online," he added.
The criminal charges against the defendant are merely accusations. He enjoys the presumption of innocence in court proceedings.
Post updated 12/4/2014 at 10:25 a.m. to correct birth year as 1995, not 1996.