Mathew Vollintine, 24, allegedly admitted to police that explicit images of children could be found on his phone.
Travis Cochenour, a sergeant with the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office, wrote a probable cause affidavit that led to the the charges.
A former Missouri Department of Corrections employee based in St. Joseph has been charged with possessing explicit images of prepubescent children.
Vollintine entered a not guilty plea to the charges. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, and his case was bound over to a higher court for further proceedings and trial.
According to his defense lawyer, Vollintine worked at the Missouri Department of Corrections “prior” to his arrest. It’s unclear what position he held at the Western Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center.
“I was able to verify a few of the images from Vollintine’s Apple iPhone 8 Plus,” Cochenour wrote. He then described a pornographic scene in one of the images.
Karen Pojmann, a spokesperson for the department, said Vollintine worked there from Feb. 25, 2019 to Jan. 27, 2021. Vollintine was arrested in June of 2021.
Cochenour wrote in the probable cause affidavit that Vollintine was discovered when his girlfriend went through his phone.
“(Vollintine’s girlfriend) located explicit animated images depicting nude children .. as well as real images of non-nude children in lingerie type clothing,” Cochenour wrote in the probable cause statement.
In a motion to reduce his bond, which had been set at $50,000, Vollintine’s defense lawyer argued Vollintine is in danger while jailed because of his time with the DOC.