A Lincoln County man suspected of surreptitiously taking photographs of children and teens at Lake Monticello and several Monticello businesses is facing harassment and drug charges in Drew County and child pornography charges in Lincoln County, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office.
Michael Wiley, of Star City, was arrested on June 9 after the Drew County Sheriff’s Office received a report that the 50-year-old man was snapping photos of young female swimmers at Lake Monticello. The incident at Lake Monticello led to a search the following day of Wiley’s home computer in Lincoln County where investigators reportedly discovered child pornography.
While investigating the report at Lake Monticello, Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office, received Wiley’s permission to look at his camera and cell phone. There were no photographs on his camera but his cell phone contained images of young female swimmers between the ages of 13 and 16. Wiley also had taken photos of children and teens between the ages of eight at 17 at several Monticello businesses. The subjects in his photos wore swimsuits or were fully clothed.
Wiley reportedly told authorities he planned to sell the photos to web sites. His cell phone showed that he had conducted searches of child modeling sites but he denied visiting child pornography sites. He was arrested on drug charges after Nichols discovered a small amount of marijuana and a pipe in his vehicle, according to the news release.
The following day, June 10, Drew and Lincoln County authorities executed a search warrant of Wiley’s property in Lincoln County where they reportedly discovered child pornography on his computer. Arkansas Game & Fish officers agreed assist in the execution of the search warrant after authorities learned that Wiley had a number of animals on his property, Nichols said.
Drew County subsequently released Wiley to the custody of Lincoln County authorities but he remains under investigation by Drew County, Lincoln County and federal authorities.
In Lincoln County, Wiley is facing child pornography charges. In Drew County, he is facing harassment charges in connection with his clandestine photography as well as possession of marijuana, no driver’s license and of no proof of insurance.
Lincoln County District Judge Vic Harper set Wiley’s bond at $100,000.