A couple is behind bars, accused of making an explicit video of a child.
Daniel Lovejoy, 31, and Nicole Lovejoy, 29, both of Milton, were arrested Tuesday by West Virginia State Police. They are both charged with possession of material depicting minors in sexually explicit conduct, sexual abuse, and use of minors in filming sexually explicit material.
According to the criminal complaint, the investigation into the couple began in August. That’s when a trooper looking into child porn trafficking found more than a dozen files shared online, portraying what appears to be adults engaging in sexually explicit conduct with children.
The files showed explicit images of a 10-year-old child, as well as an infant.
After being taken into custody, according to the criminal complaint, Daniel Lovejoy admitted to investigators that he had been downloading materials depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct for years.
They say he also admitted to sexually molesting a 7-year-old family member, and that he had been doing so for years.
In the home, investigators say they found a memory card with images of Daniel and Nicole performing sexual acts with the 7-year-old.
Neighbors say they’re shocked by the charges.
They say the couple kept to themselves.
“They didn’t talk to anybody, they didn’t come out of the house that much, you never really saw them,” said Renita Hysell.
They say they’ll now be keeping a closer eye on their children, because you never know who you can trust.
“It’s shocking, it really is, it’s not something we really expected,” Hysell said.
Both Lovejoys are being held in the Western Regional Jail. Their bond is $1 million.
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