FULL PRESS CONFERENCE: 10TV meteorologist Mike Davis charged with pandering child pornography

FULL PRESS CONFERENCE: 10TV meteorologist Mike Davis charged with pandering child pornography


DARLENE HILL. WE’RE INTERRUPTING THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW WITH BREAKING NEWS. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS GETTING READY TO HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE ABOUT THE COULD THURSDAY AFTERNOON EVERYBODY AND DARLIN’ HEAL. WE ARE INTERRUPTING DO SO WITH BREAKING NEWS, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS GETTING READY TO BUILD A NEWS CONFERENCE ABOUT THE REST ARREST THIS MORNING OF 10TV METEOROLOGIST MIKE DAVIS. SHOULD WE TAKE THIS TIME TO LISTEN IN AND TO SEE IF THE SHERIFF IS AVAILABLE TO START SPEAKING. GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I’M SHERIFF HOLDEN OF – – WE HAVE SOME STATEMENTS TO MAKE. WE RECEIVED A TIP FROM – – REGARDING INTERNET ACTIVITY BY MR. MIKE DAVIS. THE TIP WAS RECEIVED BY INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE THAT INVOLVES A NUMBER OF IMAGES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SENT AND RECEIVED. THIS ESTABLISHES A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR, ONE WEEK AGO THE INFORMATION WAS CONFIRMED AND INFORMATION WAS GATHERED. BASED ON THAT, THE TASK FORCE EXECUTED A WARRANT IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS AND ARREST WARRANT WAS EXECUTED FOR MIKE DAVIS. HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH PANDERING SEXUAL ORIENTED MATERIAL SET CAN DEGREE FELONY. THIS IS A PUNISHABLE BY – – AND $15,000 FINE. THE TASK FORCE THE INTERNET INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE MADE UP OF 13 DIFFERENT AGENCIES. THEY WORK VERY DEMANDING PHASES AND INVOLVE CHILDREN VICTIMS. INVESTIGATION IS VERY HARD TO DEAL WITH. IT TAKES A SPECIAL PERSON TO DO THAT TYPE OF INVESTIGATION. ANY QUESTIONS QUESTION IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE THAT ANY OF THE CHILDREN OR IMAGES ANY CONNECTION LIKE THAT? I CANNOT GET INTO THE EVIDENTIARY PART OF THE CASE AT ALL. CAN’T COMMENT ON THAT. WAS THAT ALSO THE STUDIOS WHERE HE WORKED? I BELIEVE SO. THIS CAME ON THE RADAR QUESTION MARK A TIP THAT WAS RECEIVED BY INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE AND I HAVE CHIEF IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM WHO RECEIVES THE INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION AND IF HE HAS ANY MORE INFORMATION ON THAT, A TIP CAME IN. WAS HIS ARREST RELATED TO A STING INVOLVING INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE? I CANNOT COMMENT ON THAT. WHERE WAS HE – – AT HIS RESIDENCE. ARE WE TALKING DOZENS, HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS? I I CAN ONLY SAY THOUSANDS. DO WE KNOW IF ANY OF THEM ARE LOCAL, ARE THEY OUT-OF- STATE? I HAVE NO INFORMATION ON THAT AT ALL. I DON’T KNOW. YOU KNOW THE RANGE OF AGE ? ALL I CAN TELL US THEY ARE JUVENILE CHILDREN IMAGES PICTURES. WHEN WAS HE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY? CHIEF YOU WANT TO RESPOND TO THAT? THIS IS CHIEF RICK – – HE SUPERVISES THE INVESTIGATION DIVISION WHICH OVERSEES THE INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE. RESEARCH WARRANTS STANDARD STUFF, COMPUTERS, CELL PHONES ANYTHING LIKE THAT WHICH YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IMAGES FROM VIDEO SEND SEND OR RECEIVE THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. IT’S A STANDARD ALMOST STUFF THAT WE WOULD TAKE A ANY RELATED CHILDCASE. WE ABLE TO DETERMINE HE HAD SENT OR RECEIVED OR WHATEVER IT WAS AN ACTIVITY WITHOUT HAVING THOSE IN YOUR POSSESSION? WHEN THEY RISE TO THE LEVEL OF CERTAIN WARRANTS, WE SPENT SIGNIFICANT TIME AND RESOURCES LOOKING INTO THE CASES AND FOR THE MOST PART WE ESTABLISHED A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR. IT’S A MATTER OF NOT ONLY IDENTIFYING WHERE THESE ITEMS OR IMAGES OR VIDEOS WERE DOWNLOADED TO ESTABLISH JURISDICTION AND SO FORTH AND BY WHO WAS WELL. ONCE WE ARE CONFIDENT WE KNOW WHO THAT IS AND THAT PERSON BECOMES A TARGET OF THE INVESTIGATION AND – – NO QUESTION IT WAS HIM VERSUS SOMEONE ELSE LIVING IN THE HOME? YES. DID HE SAY ANYTHING TO YOU? I DID NOT SPEAK TO HIM SPECIFICALLY. I DO BELIEVE HE MADE SOME STATEMENTS TO THE INVESTIGATORS BUT IN TERMS OF WHAT HE SAID I CAN’T – – PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THERE WERE THINGS THAT THE PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT THE STUDIOS OR AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE THAT YOU EXECUTED THERE? I DON’T WANT TO GET INTO THE DETAIL IN A WAY THAT WE DO CASES, BUT IP ADDRESSES ARE INVOLVED. THAT’S ONE OF THE WAYS WE ESTABLISH WHERE THESE IMAGES ARE DOWNLOADED QUITE FRANKLY. FROM THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE, HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN GOING ON, MONTHS, WEEKS THAT I CAN SAY, WE RECEIVED A TIP A COUPLE WEEKS AGO AND SO THEY PUT A LOT OF WORK IN THIS A COUPLE WEEKS, THESE ARE SENSITIVE CASES. OBVIOUSLY WE ONLY SEE SOMEBODY IN THIS STATUE IN THE COMMUNITY AND IS WELL KNOWN AS MIKE IS, WE TREAT THESE CASES CAREFULLY. THE IMPACT IS GOING TO HAVE ON THE COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE ARE SHOCKED. BUT IT’S A REMINDER THAT THESE KINDS OF CASES REALLY SPAN ACROSS ALL PROFESSIONS. WE’VE ARRESTED CLERGYMAN, WE ARRESTED COPS AND FOLKS IN THE MEDIA AND WE’VE ARRESTED EVERYBODY, IT’S A REMINDER FOR THE COMMUNITY ON HOW DANGEROUS THE INTERNET IS AND HOW WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. YOU SAID TWO WEEKS AGO WITH THE COURT DOCUMENTS INDICATE AT LEAST HE WAS CHARGED WITH THIS SPECIFICALLY DOWNLOADED SOMETIME IN EARLY AUGUST. EITHER MORE CHARGES COMING? WHEN THE GRAND JURY HEARS THIS THAT YOU ARE – – POTENTIALLY, THAT’S THE PART WE WORK WITH THE OPERATE THE PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE. WHAT CHARGES ARE APPROPRIATE AND HOW MANY YOU KNOW, I’M NOT SAYING THIS CASE BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO GET THE CASES WHERE DOWNLOADS ARE VOLUMINOUS AND SOME POINT YOU HAVE TO CUT IT OFF. WE WILL WORK WITH RON’S OFFICE ON THAT TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CHARGES WE WILL LEVY AND WHAT WILL BE INDICTED ON. HAS WILL THIS BE, FEDERAL CASE? THE POTENTIAL IS THERE, TYPICALLY THEY START AT STATE LEVEL DEPENDING ON WHAT THE WE FIND. WHETHER THERE’S MORE EVIDENCE, THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS THE STATE OR FEDERAL PROSECUTION THOSE ARE THINGS WE CONSIDER. TAKEN INTO CUSTODY NOW WITHOUT GRAND JURY INDICTMENT, CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY THAT WAS [INAUDIBLE] I DON’T WANT TO GET INTO SPECIFICS ABOUT THE CASE WHY WE THOUGHT TODAY WAS APPROPRIATE. THAT’S NOT UNCOMMON. NOT SAYING IT’S A CASE ALL THE TIME. IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR US TO GO AHEAD AND FILE THE CHARGE NOW VERSUS WAITING FOR INDICTMENT LATER. AT THE END OF THE DAY THE CASE WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE GRAND JURY AN INDEPENDENT BODY WHO WILL EXAMINE ALL THE EVIDENCE AND DETERMINE WHAT CHARGES ARE APPROPRIATE. TODAY CONTINUE TO BE VICTIMS AND – – WE HAVE VICTIMS IN THIS CASE SO THE CALL IS MADE TO QUOTE TO MAKE THE ARREST. HAD THE DETECTIVE SPOKEN TO THE VICTIMS OR WHERE THEIR GUARDIANS AND PARENTS? I DON’T WANT TO GET INTO SPECIFICS. HE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE AND DETERMINE WHETHER THERE ARE LIVE VICTIMS AND SO FORTH. THAT’S ALWAYS A CHALLENGE IS A TRACKBACK HOW FAR OR HOW LONG THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON. WHERE THE IMAGES ARE DOWNLOADED IF THERE WERE LIVE VICTIMS SOMETIMES THEY WERE IMAGES DOWNLOADED THAT ARE PRODUCED IN OTHER COUNTRIES THAT ARE DOWNLOADED HERE TO THE UNITED STATES AND DISTRIBUTED IN NETWORK SO TO SPEAK OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INTO THAT KIND OF THING. THAT HE HAD TO PURCHASE ANY OF IMAGES INVOLVED? HONESTLY I DON’T KNOW. THE SEARCH WARRANT IN THE RESIDENCE VERSUS THE STATION, WHAT WAS THE KEY DIFFERENCE THERE? WHAT WAS SOUGHT OR GATHERED AT THOSE LOCATIONS? I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT ELECTRONIC AND THINGS HE WOULD HAVE DOWNLOADED AND VIEWED THE IMAGES. THE TOOLS OF THE CRIME I GUESS WHAT KIND OF GREETING DID YOU HAVE AT THE LOCATIONS? IT WAS COOPERATIVE. AND THE STATION WAS COOPERATIVE AS WELL. WAS THIS TODAY THE FIRST CONTACT YOU’VE HAD WITH HIM? DID HE PERHAPS KNOW THIS WAS COMING? FIRST CONTACT, OF A PERSONAL NATURE FACE-TO-FACE. HE IS SCHEDULED FOR ARRAIGNMENT TOMORROW MORNING. WILL HE REMAIN IN JAIL OVERNIGHT OR WILL HE BE RELEASED PRIOR TO THAT AND ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS BEING TAKEN FOR HIM IN THE JAIL? HE’S NOT TREATED ANY DIFFERENT AT THAN ANYBODY ELSE. THEY WILL BE TREATED THE SAME. HE WILL BE A RAIN TOMORROW. I DOUBT HE WILL BE ABLE TO GET OUT BEFORE HE SEES A JUDGE. HE IS NOT UNDER ANY SPECIAL SUICIDE WATCH? ANYBODY WOULD BE UNDER A HIGHER LEVEL OF WATCH DEPENDING ON WHAT KIND OF CHARGES THEY COME IN. ANYBODY THAT HAS NOTORIETY LIKE CHIEF SAYS SOMEBODY IN HIS STANDING IN THE COMMUNITY. WE WORRY ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE THAT SO WE HAVE EXTRA WATCH. HE WAS TRADING IN RECEIVING THESE IMAGES AND IS THERE SOME SIDE OF SOME KIND OF GROUP OR WEBSITE WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED ARE CONNECT DID QUESTION MARK THAT’S PART OF THE INVESTIGATION. I COULD NOT ANSWER THAT RIGHT NOW. DO YOU EXPECT THERE TO BE MORE LOCAL ARREST CONNECTED TO THIS? AS OF THIS TIME NO. CHIEF, THE LAW TALKS ABOUT DISSEMINATING SELLING, TRANSPORTING EXHIBITING, DISPLAYING, WHICH ONES ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? I THINK IT’S CLEAR, YOU CANNOT DOWNLOAD AND DISSEMINATE ANY IMAGES THAT DEPICT THE CHILD IN A COMPROMISING SITUATION. THESE IMAGES ARE NOT YOU KNOW YOUR TYPICAL FIVE-YEAR-OLD IN A BATHTUB THAT MOM LIKES TO TAKE PHOTOS, THESE ARE KIDS THAT ARE CLEARLY GETTING EXPLOITED FOR SOMEONE’S SEXUAL APPETITE. DOWNLOADING AND DISSEMINATING? CORRECT. MANY OF WHAT YOU MENTIONED COMPLY CONTROLLING, MANY OF THOSE COMPLY. YOU GUYS GOT A TIP. I KNOW YOU CAN’T REVEAL TOO MUCH BUT WITH THIS SOMEBODY WHO WORKED WITH HIM OR FAMILY MEMBER WHO CAME ACROSS THE IMAGES? WE CAN EVER REVEAL THAT AT THIS TIME OF THE RESOURCE WAS. I AM ASSUMING HIM BUT A LOCAL THEN. I COULDN’T SAY. WHEN YOU SAY SIGNIFICANT, CAN YOU GIVE A BALLPARK ON IT HUNDRED THOUSANDS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IMAGES? I WOULD JUST BE SURMISING ON THE NUMBER. IT’S CERTAINLY MORE THAN ONE. WAS THE – – INVOLVED DOING THIS STING? HONESTLY I’M NOT SURE. I THINK SO. IT WOULD NORMALLY TAKE – – WHICH IS A GREAT TOOL IN THESE CASES FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW WE HAVE A CANINE WHO SNIFFS OUT ELECTRONICS. MUCH LIKE YOU SEE WITH NARCOTICS. THERE’S TREMENDOUS TOOLS. THEY GO IN SEARCH AND OFTEN TIMES THUMB DRIVES OR WHATEVER ARE HIDDEN THROUGHOUT THE HOME SO RIVER DOES A FANTASTIC JOB LOCATING THOSE SO IT’S A TREMENDOUS TOOL THAT WE UTILIZE. WE WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION LATER ON AS THE INVESTIGATION PROCEEDS. THAT WILL DO IT FOR NOW. RIGHT, CAN YOU SPELL YOUR LAST NAME TO RECAP, 10 TV METEOROLOGIST MIKE DAVIS IS FACING PANDERING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SEXUALLY ORIENTED MINOR INVOLVING A MINOR. THAT 6:00 THIS MORNING AND HE WAS ARRESTED. THE CHIEF AND THE SHERIFF SAID THAT DAVIS IS BEING HELD AT FRANKLIN COUNTY JAIL. HE IS SCHEDULED TO MAKE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE TOMORROW, THEY SAY IT’S AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION, THEY GOT A TIP A COUPLE WEEKS AGO THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING GOING ON REGARDING MIKE DAVIS AND THAT IS WHEN THE CRIME AGAINST CHILDREN DIVISION STEPPED IN AND THEY STARTED INVESTIGATING AND HE NOTICED A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR WHERE DAVIS IS ALLEGEDLY SENDING AND RECEIVING INFORMATION THIS MORNING THEY CHECKED HIS COMPUTER AT HOME IN THIS UPPER ARLINGTON HOME, AND OFFICE AS WELL AT WBNS. MIKE DAVIS HAD BEEN THE MAIN WEATHER GUY OVER AT WBNS FOR AT LEAST 32 YEARS, HIS FIRST TIME APPEARING ON TELEVISION IN 1987, HE IS AN EMMY AWARD- WINNING METEOROLOGIST AND SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE A LOT OF WORK TALKING TO CHILDREN HERE IN THE CENTRAL OHIO AREA AT SCHOOLS MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS. WE DID RECEIVE A STATEMENT FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER THERE, JOHN CARDENAS, HE STATE ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING THAT AT AROUND 10:00 IS MORNING THAT THEY LEARNED THAT MIKE DAVIS WAS ARRAYED ARRESTED EITHER GOING COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. THEY ARE CURRENTLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE DETAILS AND WE WILL BE REPORTING ABOUT THE STORY. AS OF NOW WE HAVE NO FURTHER COMMENT AT THIS TIME. THAT WAS THE STATEMENT FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER AT 10TV WHERE MIKE DAVIS HAS BEEN A METEOROLOGIST FOR THE PAST 32 YEARS. FOR AN UPDATE ON THIS BREAKING NEWS STORY JOIN US AT 4:00 , OUR REPORTER AT THE NEWS CONFERENCE GETTING A LOT OF ANSWERS, HIS WORKING THIS AND HE WILL BE JOINING US LIVE ON NBC4 AT FOUR, FIVE, SIX, 7:00 AND WILL GIVE MORE UPDATES ON

42 thoughts on “FULL PRESS CONFERENCE: 10TV meteorologist Mike Davis charged with pandering child pornography

  1. I just can’t believe this!! I’ve been watching him since I was 10 years old (I’m now 44). You can’t trust nobody!!!!!!!!!! If guilty he deserves the full punishment!!!!!!

  2. I’ve watched him on 10TV! I wouldn’t expect him to do something like this, if found guilty, he deserves full punishment. I hope the children are safe!

  3. WHAT THE FUCK?
    IM FLOORED…YOU NEVER KNOW A PERSON DO YOU?
    THINK HE WILL WALK OR GET A REDUCED SENTENCE?
    HOW YOU GONNA FUCK UP YOUR LIFE AND FAMILY?

  4. Regret and hindsight is a motherfucker!.. what? He think because of of his status…he would be well below the radar?
    His poor wife and kids!

  5. job opening….dam perverts behind every door, sickening
    I knew that freak was a weirdo 30 plus years ago, no idea it was like that
    now he reminds me of a fucn creep in a clown suit

  6. What!!!! I am shocked. This world is getting crazy and scary. He has messed up his whole life. I feel for the ones affected.

  7. The tip was from his wife maybe? People close to him maybe want to talk to their children. If he had pics of kids he had contact with children. This is a dam shame. I can't wait to see how much little time he is going to get. They probably confiscated every cell phone and pc in the home.

  8. I'm stunned😲.. and mad as hell!!10tv does a lot for children and Children's Hospital😠😠😠

    Anybody that thinks a child is sexually attractive should be shot!!! My heart breaks for his family and the victims.

  9. Downloads can be so voluminous…that somewhere you have to cut it off? They'll decide what charges will be appropriate???
    Privilege wins again, huh?
    I hope not.
    I feel disgusted and betrayed, for more reason than one.

  10. Why hv a press conference if you can't answer any questions. Oh, they do this to get information out & then talk in circles 👌

  11. Why is anybody shocked? It happens in church groups, Boy Scouts, schools, neighborhoods, and even your own families and trusted circle of friends.

  12. As a member of the METOC community I am extremely disappointed and embarrassed by this. Mike Davis was one of the reasons I got into meteorology. Can't trust anyone anymore.

  13. Not only the victims suffer but also he has a wife and kids. I can't imagine how his family feels. Pray for these kids. Their lives never be the same.

  14. No surprise at all . It took many years to even address this behavior in society and you know why. The Catholic Church is still getting a past with this behavior . Very slow to prosecute this behavior. I don’t feel sorry for him or his family. I feel sorry for the kids who are the real victims.

  15. Funny…my neighbor always asks "you staying outta trouble?….lol….I'm A alter boy compared to these RAT BASTARDS❗ THE ONE AND ONLY "KIKI" YOUR LOCAL GOOMBAH😎

  16. He's married and has kids his wife should get a divorce before dark and find a new hubby now. She should take the kids with her and move away from cols oh and have a shot gun ready if he tries to visit the kids.

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