COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW/CNN) -- A meteorologist at a CNN-affiliate station in Ohio has been released on bond after being arrested on one felony charge of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.
Authorities say they received a tip that WBNS meteorologist Mike Davis had sent and received “a significant number of images of child pornography,” Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said in a press conference Thursday.
Ohio’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force received a tip regarding Davis’s internet activity about two weeks ago, and a week later “that information was confirmed and more evidence was gathered,” Baldwin said.
Davis, 60, made an initial court appearance Friday, his attorney, Terry Sherman told CNN, and posted $50,000 bond.
Conditions for the bond include no unsupervised contact with minors, no internet access — including through a smartphone — that he not leave Franklin County and that he surrender his passport.
An arrest warrant for Davis was executed Thursday morning at multiple locations, including the TV station in Columbus.
The alleged crimes are punishable by up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine, Baldwin said at the press conference.