Charles Henry Hightower, 83, was arrested and booked into the Coconino County Jail for 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor on Thursday. Hightower was released to Pre Trial Services on a $50,000 unsecured bond, according to a Friday press release from the sheriff's office.
Sheriff’s Office detectives went to Hightower's residence at the Red Lake neighborhood near Williams after receiving information that he was possibly in possession of child pornography. A search warrant was obtained, and Hightower turned over his personal computer during the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office Computer Forensics Investigator located several images consistent with child pornography on Hightower's computer.
After confirming the presence of the images on the initial computer, another search warrant was obtained to search the residence for additional devices, according to the release. During the search of the residence, additional computers and electronic devices were seized. Detectives and investigators are currently reviewing the additional items of evidence seized during the search warrant and additional charges could result.
If anyone has information that may assist this investigation they are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-226-5009.