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Child Predator Task Force Investigation Leads to Arrest

Date Posted: Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Categories:  Criminal Department of Justice DOJ Press Releases

An undercover investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force into the online sharing of child pornography, resulted in the arrest of 50-year-old William M. Herkins, IV of Gwinhurst ,Wilmington, for 25 counts of Dealing in Child Pornography.

The investigation revealed that Herkins downloaded and shared multiple files of child pornography via the internet over an extended period of time. A search warrant was executed at Herkins’s residence on June 28, 2016 at which time detectives seized multiple electronic devices and other related evidence. A forensic preview of those devices revealed over 25 files of child pornography as defined by Delaware law. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed upon further examination.

At the time of his arrest, Herkins was employed as a teacher at Carrcroft Elementary School. Any concerns about Herkins can be directed to the Child Predator Task Force at 302-739-2030.

Herkins was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and ordered held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $1,250,000 secured bail.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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