The Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed formal charges today in connection with an investigation into a St. Robert man by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control's Digital Forensics Investigative Unit.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announced the arrest of 33-year-old James C. Hughes, of St. Robert, on Wednesday. Hughes was arrested in connection with promoting and possessing child pornography, following an investigation by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit with assistance from the St. Robert Police Department and the South Central Missouri Computer Crimes Task Force.

Investigators on Wednesday executed a search warrant at Hughes’ residence on Top Drive in St. Robert where  investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment, the release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug  and Crime Control says. 

Hughes was arrested and transported to the Pulaski County Jail, and today Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Hughes with one count of promoting child pornography and four counts of possession of child pornography. Hughes bond has been set at $500,000. 

The Division of Drug and Crime Control says internet users are encouraged to report to the patrol or local law enforcement agency anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate or sexualized communications with children. The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit is partially funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crime Grant and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.