Child trafficking possibly involved in child porn investigation

Gainesville, Mo- The Ozark County Sheriff is now in contact with the FBI over a child porn investigation. Tracy Presson, 53, of Gainesville is charged with ten felony counts including rape, sodomy and the use of a child in a sexual performance.

53-year-old Tracy Presson of Gainesville is now charged with five counts of statutory sodomy, two counts of statutory rape, two counts of child porn possession and one count of use of a child in sexual performance.

Sheriff Darrin Reed says the case against Presson began back at the start of the month.

"On October 2nd, there was a hotline called in of a sexual abuse and that's whenever our agency along with the child services got involved in the investigation."

Presson was taken to the sheriff's office and held for 24 hours while authorities continued to investigate.

Presson's home was searched and electronic devices were confiscated.

Then on the 3rd, he was charged with statutory sodomy and rape.

"Then some new developments had occurred and yesterday in court those charges were amended to ten counts of sodomy and rape and also acts involving an animal," Reed added.

Reed says investigators are working around the clock.

"It's a long process. They've already gone through about 14,000 images and video."

Reed says the FBI has been called to help lead the investigation because it involves children in other states.

"This case is going to involve more than the state of Missouri. It's going to go into other states. So we want to make sure every stone is turned up and every bit of information is gathered. If there's other people involved in this, which I'm sure there's going to be, we want to make sure that charges are brought forth," Reed exclaimed.

The probable cause affidavit is sealed at the request of the sheriff and the prosecuting attorney to protect the victims and due to the quote, 'horrific statements,' that are within.

Presson is being held on $500,000 cash only bond.

He is due in court on October 23rd.

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