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Wellsville man accused of rape, possession of child pornography

Kennith Tocco was booked into the Montgomery County Jail Tuesday. According to the probable cause statement, Kennith Tocco had sexual relations with a teenager and kept child pornography on his cell phone. (File)

A 30-year-old Wellsville man was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of rape and possession of child pornography.

Kennith Tocco was booked into the Montgomery County Jail Tuesday. According to the probable cause statement, Kennith Tocco had sexual relations with a teenager and kept child pornography on his cell phone.

In April 2017 drug enforcement investigators executed a search warrant at Tocco's residence in Mexico, Missouri. Investigators found controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and other items like cell phones at the home.

Later in June 2017, a detective with the Audrain County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant to examine the data found on the cell phones for any records of any drug activity. The detective noticed that one of the phones had what he thought was child pornography. The following month, the detective used a search warrant to examine the data stored in a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Audrain County detective then relinquished the investigation to the State Technical Assistance Team (STAT).

STAT received the results of a forensic examination in September 2017. The report revealed the phone's User Dictionary included terms such as " lilmodels, lolita, preteen, videopreteens and teenbabies" as well as about 400 pictures of child pornography, most of which appeared to have been loaded from website galleries.

The agency then issued a subpoena to the phone's service provider, US Cellular in November 2017. US Cellular relinquished Tocco's cell phone records from January 2015-October 2017. The records confirmed that Tocco was the owner of the phone and was a subscriber throughout that period, according to the probable cause statement.

The records also revealed hundreds of text messages from Tocco and a 14-year-old girl.

During the investigation, the teenager had previously admitted that Tocco had sexually assaulted her in March 2016 and that Tocco had been a family friend for most of her life.

She recounted that she had been at Tocco's home in June 2015 and that he gave her alcohol, which she consumed and became very intoxicated. She said that while she was drunk, he had carried her into his bedroom, removed her clothes and had sexual intercourse with her despite her pleas of 'No.' She told authorities that Tocco was well well aware of her age and of her upcoming 15th birthday in July 2015.

The teenager also disclosed that sometime after her 15th birthday between July and August 2015 Tocco asked to have sex with her, and she consented on two separate occasions. She told authorities that Tocco was well aware she had just turned 15.

The teen also told authorities that Tocco and she shared a considerable amount of text messages where he requested nude photos and she complied. She identified pictures that had been stored on his cell phone as pictures she sent to him via Snapchat, according to the probable cause statement.

Tocco is being held on suspicion of possession of child pornography, enticement of a child, rape and two counts of statutory rape. He is being held on a $250,000 cash only bond.

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