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Division of Drug and Crime Control- P.O. Box 568, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

News Release

For further information please contact: Sergeant Shawn Griggs
March 15, 2019

EMPHASIS: Branson Man Arrested for Promoting Child Pornography

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Dru Bogardus, 32, of Branson, Missouri, on Thursday, March 14, 2019, for promoting and possession of child pornography. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit. The Patrol was assisted by the Taney County Sheriff’s Office and the Branson Police Department.
On March 14, investigators executed a search warrant at Bogardus’ residence located on Holts Lake Drive in the Branson area. As a result of their search, investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment. Bogardus was arrested and transported to the Taney County Jail. He was placed on a 24-hour hold, pending formal charges.
The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to report promptly to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children. The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit is partially funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crime Grant and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The above charges are mere accusation and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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