Eldridge man arrested on child exploitation, pornography charges

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Nicholas Robert Walker-Bennett (Scott County Jail)

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, an Eldridge man was arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which initiated an investigation, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

During the investigation, Nicholas Robert Walker-Bennett, 32, of Eldridge, Iowa, was developed as the suspect in this case. Through the investigation, information was obtained for criminal charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. Evidence was obtained that Walker-Bennett was possessing and promoting child pornography, the release said.

A search warrant was executed on the defendant’s house and person. Walker-Bennett’s cell phone was found to have a large amount of visual depictions of minors engaged in sex acts. Many photos and videos were located on the device specifically depicting infants, prepubescent, and pubescent males and females engaged in sex acts, according to the arrest affidavit.

Walker-Bennett used a digital communication service (Kik Messenger) to knowingly transmit material visually depicting the live performance of a minor engaged in a sex act, the affidavit says.

On Tuesday, Walker-Bennett was arrested and booked into the Scott County Jail, charging him with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a class “D” felony and 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor- Possession 1st Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Eldridge Police Department in this investigation.

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