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Ex-foster parent faces porn charges

October 21, 2006

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— A one-time foster parent is accused of taking sexually explicit photos of two of his former charges.

Jackson County prosecutors announced Thursday that Travis W. Tosh is charged with 15 counts of possessing child pornography. He is free after posting 10 percent of a $75,000 bond.

Tosh, 40, was arrested Wednesday night after an investigation prompted by an anonymous tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

According to the probable cause statement, Tosh sent photos of naked boys in January while he was chatting online. The recipient of the photos told Tosh to stop, disconnected and called the national cyber tip hot line.

The tip was forwarded to Kansas City police on Feb. 3. Three days later, police went to Tosh's home and removed his computers as evidence.

According to court records, police recovered 15 images of child pornography that featured two of Tosh's foster children.

Tosh told police in March that he got "really drunk from time to time" and that it was possible he had sent child pornography pictures to someone, according to the court records.

If true, the acts would be "absolutely abhorrent behavior," said Ana Compain-Romero, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Children's Division, which oversees foster parents and children.

She said Tosh's foster-parent license was revoked in 2000 because of "significant concerns regarding inappropriate remarks reported by foster children."

But officials from the agency said Thursday they could not divulge the number of children Tosh had in his care or the number of years he had been a foster parent.

Prosecutor Mike Sanders said his office has no evidence that the foster children were molested.

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