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(Neb.) - Chadron resident arrested, charged with child pornography and sexual assault of a child

By: John Thayer Posted at: 05/17/2012 03:15 PM
CHADRON - The Chadron Police Department arrested a Chadron resident and has charged him with multiple counts of Possession of Child Pornography and Sexual Assault of a Child.

Thirty-year-old James Savery was arrested Wednesday evening after police seized multiple items of evidence from his home. According to authorities an initial search warrant was served at approximately 6:20 p.m. Wednesday evening and a second search warrant was obtained and served later that night. Officers seized computers, cell phones, data recording and storage devices, other electronic devices, a couch and multiple CD's.

Police say Savery was charged with four counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a Class III Felony, and eight counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, a Class IB Felony.

A Class III Felony carries a minimum sentence of one year imprisonment and a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, a $25,000 fine or both. A Class IB Felony carries a minimum 20 years imprisonment and a maximum life sentence in prison.

On May 13, the Chadron Police Department received information from a detective with the Rapid City Police Department about a man living in Chadron suspected of downloading and possessing child pornography. Chadron Police Department launched an investigation and as a result a search warrant was obtained at Savery's home.

Savery is being held in Dawes County Jail on $250,000 bond. Two minor children were placed in the custody of Health and Human Services. The investigation is ongoing.

The Chadron Police Department received assistance with this investigation from the Dawes County Attorney's Office, the Nebraska State Patrol, the Rapid City (S.D.) Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (North Platte) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.


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