The Randall County Sheriff's Office arrested 39-year-old, Bobby Allen Gilchrist, Wednesday* morning on charges of possession of child pornography. The tip originated from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. That tip was then passed on to the Dallas Police Department and the IP address was traced to rural Randall County.
Currently, possession of child pornography is the only charge. However, the case is still under investigation and department officials say many electrnics were seized from the property near McCormick and I-27. They say those will need to go through forensic investigation before more information is released. They will also need to look further into the material on those devices to conclude whether or not children in the area were involved.
Officials say that technology and social media have increased the issue of child pornography and made young people much more susceptible to this issue.
:"You know, the world is changing because of technology. And social media has blown this stuff up and law enforcement officials, at this point, are doing all they can with the resources that we have," said Danny Alexander, PIO at the Randall County Sheriff's Office.
He also said that the Sheriff was hoping to appoint someone to monitor child pornography and illicit content use that could lead to child pornography at some point in the future.
Linda Coronado, program director at Amarillo Casa, said that she believes social media has also created an issue for young people, both in their portrayal of young women in the media and the ease by which adults can pose as children or easily locate a child.
"You have all these fashion designers and look at how young the girls look. And they're posing in their underwear and it's no longer an adult woman, it's the younger than can get them," said Coronado.
This weekend, on my 25th, the national campaign "Take 25" encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk with their kids about ways to prevent abduction and how to avoid being harmed or exploited by predators.
"Not every stranger is a bad person, so they do need to know the good from the bad," said Trooper Chris Ray, of the Texas Highway Patrol. "If we can just get [parents] to take 25 minutes to talk to those kids, we won't have any more missing kids. And that's our goal."