Washington Police Department

A jury trial in federal court has been set for next month in a case against a Washington man charged with three counts of possession of child pornography.

Jerald W. Johnson, 45, is ordered to stand trial Monday, Nov. 27, in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.

The charges are in connection to an investigation into an incident in which Johnson allegedly lured two young girls into his Stafford Street home in August 2015

The federal indictment alleges that Johnson possessed images and videos of child pornography between Aug. 5 and Aug. 27, 2015.

According to federal court documents, Johnson was in possession of videos and images of child pornography. The indictment further alleges the equipment used to produce the pornographic material, including a Dell laptop and Toshiba hard drive, was produced outside of Missouri and traveled in interstate commerce.

City Case

Washington police seized “bags and bags of CDs and zip drives” from the man’s home in the 300 block of Stafford Street.

Investigators searched the suspect’s home after he allegedly invited two girls, ages 13 and 10, into the residence where he admittedly took photos of the girls in various outfits. The man claimed the pictures were not illegal. He was not arrested and no charges have been filed.

The suspect was employed at the time as an over-the-road truck driver.

Investigators questioned the man and obtained search warrants and seized a large amount of evidence, including possible “illegal photos” and computer files, police reported.

The incident was investigated by Washington police, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Police Notified

Investigators learned of the incident after one of the girls, age 13, told a counselor at Washington Middle School about being involved in taking “inappropriate” photos with an adult. That information was relayed to the school resource officer, according to Washington police.

The girl then told police that she and a 10-year-old friend had been walking Aug. 26, 2015, in the evening and encountered the suspect at his home on Stafford Street. Police said the man “enticed” the girls inside, where he fed them pizza and soda, and they watched movies.

Police said the 13-year-old girl wasn’t sure of the location of the home but after driving around with police and her father, pointed out the man’s residence.