Man Arrested After Sending Nude Pictures, Videos to Special Needs Minor


The Van Buren Police Department arrested a man for sending inappropriate text messages, including nude pictures, to a minor.

William Roberts, 35, is facing charges of computer exploitation of a child, which is a first-degree felony. 

The minor victim was under the age of 16. According to police, the victim is a special needs minor. 

On April 16, police received the report of a male sending the text messages and pictures to a minor. After receiving the report, a detective was able to positively identify Roberts as the suspect and obtain evidence corroborating the victim’s statement.

Roberts was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center.

If anyone else has had any similar encounters with Roberts, please contact the Van Buren Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.

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