Sheppard Airman Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Joel Lavelle CalahanStaff Sgt Joel Lavelle Calahan, USAF

By Wichita Falls Police Department

An airman was arrested at Sheppard Air Force Base Thursday on accusations of having child pornography.

Staff Sgt Joel Lavelle Calahan, 37, is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography — a third degree felony. He was released from the Wichita County Jail Friday afternoon on $50,000 total bail.

Sgt Harold McClure, a Wichita Falls Police Department spokesperson, said an arrest warrant was served Wednesday morning at SAFB due to Calahan being a service member.

Staff Sgt Joel Lavelle Calahan is shown in this undated photo during a children’s’ event at Dyess Air Force Base. Calahan is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography — a third degree felony.

According to the arrest warrant affidavits:

On May 28, 2016, detectives with WFPD’s Crimes Against Children Unit were called out to investigate a report of a child pornography. McClure said the reporting person had observed some images on Calahan’s computer that appeared to be of children.

An evidentiary search warrant was obtained and executed later that day. Many computerized digital storage devices were collected and sent off to be forensically analyzed.

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