A five-month-long investigation came to a head today when Ashley Bostwick Eiland was arrested by Lamar Stokes and Nickey Carnley, both investigators with the District Attorney’s Office.
Eiland was charged with Possession of Obscene Material and booked into the Covington County Jail. She later bonded after posting a $100,000 cash bond.
On December 5, 2013, officers from the Andalusia Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office executed search warrants at Eiland’s home and place of employment. During the course of the searches, officers seized numerous cellular telephones and electronic devices and Eiland’s workplace computer. "We sent all the electronic devices to the National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, Alabama for forensic retrieval of the data. Those analysts are extremely thorough and if the evidence is there, they find it. In this case, they recovered data that showed the genitalia of individuals under the age of 17 years," said District Attorney Walt Merrell.
Possession of Obscene Material, commonly referred to as child pornography, is a class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison, and if convicted, Eiland will have to register as a sex offender. Merrell thanked the Andalusia Police Department, Investigators Stokes and Carnley and the analysts from the National Computer Forensics Institute for the "diligence and thoroughness with which they handled the investigation." Merrell also noted that he had been in contact with Eiland’s attorney prior to her arrest and that she had been fully cooperative. Merrell said he expects Eiland’s first court appearance to be sometime tomorrow.