Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that an Okaloosa County man has been arrested on charges of possession of child pornography.
Christopher Paul Bachman was taken into custody Monday by the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Air Force's Office of Special Investigation. Bachman is an enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force.
Law enforcement with the CyberCrime Unit located images of child pornography online and traced them back to Bachman’s computer.
A search warrant was executed by the CyberCrime Unit and the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office at Bachman’s Crestview residence in April, and numerous items, including a laptop computer and an external hard drive, were seized for forensic analysis.
The CyberCrime Unit’s forensic analyst examined those items and recovered numerous videos and pictures containing images of child pornography.
Bachman, 26, will be charged with one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child and 15 counts of possession of child pornography, all of which may qualify for enhanced felony charges under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act of 2007 because of the nature and the number of the images discovered on his computer.
The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit. If convicted of all charges and sentenced consecutively to the maximum term for each, Bachman could face up to 255 years in prison.