Federal Grand Jury indicts former Camden County Sheriff's Deputy

CAMDENTON, Mo. -- A federal grand jury has indicted a former Camden County Sheriff's Deptuy on child pornography charges, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced Monday.

Leonard Wilson was charged in a two-count indictment that was returned under seal by the grand jury in late-December. That indictment was unsealed Monday.

Wilson was arrested in South Carolina on Saturday, after he failed to show up for an arraignment hearing Friday in Missouri.

An arrest warrant was issued for Wilson in October, and he turned himself in and posted bond in early November. At that point, Wilson had been charged with child pornography and molestation. He was charged in a second case in December for sodomy and two counts of second degree statutory sodomy and fourth degree child molestation after a second underage girl came forward and claimed Wilson had inappropriate sexual relations with her while he was on duty.

KY3/KSPR's Andrew Havranek spoke with Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms about the charges facing his former deputy.

"I'm not sure there's anything, other than a murder, that you could do more despicable," Helms said. "Understand, it's until you're proven guilty. The charges themselves stand for what they are, charges. We're supposed to be the good guys, and people hopefully put a lot of trust in us, and this takes us back."

He added, "We want kids to trust us because were the people that help. With Lenny doing what he did and putting doubt in a lot of people, we monitor the Facebook stuff,and there was a lot of people upset. How could we have hired this guy? I certainly wouldn't have had we known anything like that. I hope what ever happens is justice."

Wilson is being held in federal custody in South Carolina until his extradition to Missouri. His next hearing date on the original charges is scheduled for February 21 in Laclede County.

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