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Daycare worker charged with child porn allegedly chatted about gaining the trust of students

Quincy (WGEM)  A St. Peter School daycare worker who was arrested Wednesday for distribution of child pornography made his first court appearance Thursday.

Nathaniel Caldwell, 21, is charged with three counts of child pornography. He is accused of having two lewd photographs and a video of children whom “the defendant reasonably should have known was under the age of 13 years” on his phone.

Prosecutors said 169 pornographic images were found on Caldwell’s phone along with 17 pornographic videos.

St. Peter School Principal Cindy Venvertloh said officers came to the school Wednesday and took Caldwell into custody.

Adams County State’s Attorney Gary Farha told WGEM News,

“At this point in time there hasn’t been any child that has been identified. That will be certainly investigated but I don’t want parents that might have had children at the St. Peter’s facility to think that their children were involved.”

Josh Jones with the Adams County State’s Attorney’s Office argued in court that Caldwell was a danger to the public and should have a higher bond, in part because of chat conversations found on his phone where Caldwell discussed with another person how he was gaining the trust of students at the school.

Judge Amy Lannerd set the bond at $500,000 with 10% to apply. Additionally, Caldwell cannot have contact with any minor or be within 1,000 feet of St. Peter School.

Prosecutors said there could be more charges to come as they sift through the images and videos on Caldwell’s phone.

Farha said the federal government is interested in prosecuting the case. The Adams County State’s Attorney’s Office is expected to sit down with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to discuss what venue is most appropriate.

Caldwell is set to have his next court appearance November 13.

Documents show the arrest was based off a tip to the Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Division.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this online story indicated that Jones said Caldwell was messaging students to gain their trust. Jones later clarified that he said chat conversations were found on Caldwell’s phone, during which he discussed with another person how he was gaining the trust of students at the school. 

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss is the Assignment Editor at WGEM.

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