Amarillo Police Department officers began investigating a report of sex offenses involving a minor in March 2013.
APD Detectives later learned that a young girl was the victim of child pornography. During the investigation officers searched a residence after obtaining a search warrant and seized several items from the house. The items removed from the house were cell phones and computers among other things. The case was then presented to the Randall County District Attorney.
On July 16, 2013 the DA's office accepted 14 counts of promotion of child pornography against 28-year-old Jacob Wayne Chism and his wife, 26-year-old Michelle Lynn Chism.
According to APD, Jacob was arrested and booked into Randall County Jail. Michelle had not been located at that time however she turned herself in to authorities on July 18, 2013.