Grand jury indicts man in child pornography case

Grand jury indicts man in child pornography case
Timmy Reichling

A federal grand jury has indicted a Darlington man accused of producing child pornography and possessing several million images of child pornography.

Timmy J. Reichling, 46, was indicted Thursday on four counts related to sexual exploitation of children. The indictment said Reichling made video recording and received email of victims engaged in sexually explicit conduct and knowingly possessed child pornography images.

He was arrested Aug. 22 following the execution of a search warrant at his home where several electronic storage devices were seized.

Reichling was also arrested on state charges and bail was set at $1 million. He’s pleaded not guilty to the state charges.

The investigation started after a 13-year-old female told police a man started contacting her on the Internet and asked her to send naked pictures, according to the criminal complaint. The girl told police she started sending him pictures but when she wanted to stop he threatened to show the pictures to her family.

The girl told police she thought she was texting someone her age, according to the complaint. Reichling had contact with her for more than two years and used different names during their interactions.

According to the complaint, Reichling would leave a camera in her back yard nightly or every other night for her to take naked pictures of herself. The search warrant found several hundred images and videos of the female on Reichling’s electronic storage devices.