A TikTok-renowned compact-city police main traded incest films by using a top secret Twitter account found all through a research of his house office environment, in accordance to a recently unsealed federal complaint reviewed by The Every day Beast.
Joel Justice Womochil, 38, went by “@ictbaddad” on the social media platform now recognized as X, with a profile photo of “Pedobear”—which the criticism describes as “a pedophilic cartoon utilized by some persons engaged in the pedophile community.”
“Hello children :)” read through the banner throughout the leading of the now-defunct account’s profile web site. Womochil, as @ictbaddad, explained himself online as a “38 w male hunting 4 that specific girl that was elevated right and wants 2 proceed the tradition,” in accordance to the criticism. “If u luv the small matters In lifetime information on Wire very same name[.]”
The facts of what Womochil allegedly had been looking for out and exchanging on-line have not been beforehand uncovered.
Womochil became law enforcement main in Burns, Kansas, a town of 250 men and women, in February 2022, and served right up until his unexpected resignation in early August. He stated only that it was in the “best desire of me and this office,” however he continued doing work part-time as a detention deputy in neighboring Butler County. A minimal more than a 7 days later on, Womochil was arrested on point out charges of possessing kid sexual abuse product. As of Friday, he is now going through two federal counts of receipt and possession of boy or girl pornography, with penalties that could put the disgraced lawman powering bars for decades.
His TikTok movies of existence as a police officer frequently racked up tens of 1000’s of sights, with some obtaining much more than 600,000.
In a 2022 interview with the Marion County History under the headline, “Making a Big difference Keeps Deputy Heading,” Womochil mentioned he entered law enforcement many thanks to “a deep-seated wish to help people who needed it.”
“As I received older, I considered much more of myself as a protector,” Womochil explained to the paper. “I shielded those who were bullied or could not safeguard themselves… [W]hen I stood up for a person, I was respected.”
Womochil has been a U.S. Military beat medic, an armed security guard, a home manager, a correctional officer, and a advantage retail store manager, in accordance to his LinkedIn profile. As Burns police chief, Womochil was certified as a nonviolent disaster avoidance instructor, it notes.
The investigation into Womochil’s alleged crimes commenced with a suggestion. Proper all-around the similar time Womochil tendered his resignation as Burns law enforcement main, the Nationwide Middle for Missing and Exploited Kids (NCMEC) gained a CyberTipline report from Synchronoss Systems, which delivers cloud storage for Verizon Wireless consumers, indicating that a specific account experienced backed up a dozen online video and picture data files of hardcore little one abuse, the grievance states.
NCMEC officers notified legislation enforcement, and brokers with Homeland Stability Investigations (HSI), the investigative arm of the Division of Homeland Safety (DHS), ended up assigned to the scenario. They utilised “databases obtainable to regulation enforcement” to trace the account to a mobile phone belonging to Womochil, the grievance claims. An investigation of the files turned up an array of abuse substance, with a pair of specifically sadistic videos involving younger little ones, the criticism states. (The Day by day Beast has redacted the document to excise the most disturbing components.)
On Aug. 15, HSI experienced Womochil’s supervisor at the jail simply call and have him report to function promptly, in accordance to the complaint. When Womochil arrived, he was interviewed by HSI brokers, who seized Womochil’s mobile phone just after he confirmed he was the sole operator of the device and was the only a single who applied it.
At the very same time, HSI agents spoke with Womochil’s fiancée—herself a police officer in the town of Peabody—at the dwelling the few shared in El Dorado, Kansas. She directed the brokers to Womochil’s house business office, in which, armed with a search warrant, they seized a laptop, an external challenging generate, and “other electronics,” according to the criticism.
The cellular phone, as envisioned, contained the products flagged in the CyberTipline report, as very well as further photos of grotesque abuse, the complaint suggests.
“During the assessment of Womochil’s cellular phone, investigators positioned a Twitter (now referred to as X) account… utilizing the username ‘@ictbaddad,’” it goes on, describing the Pedobear avatar and the a variety of other suspicious symptoms.
Some 15 dick photos experienced been publicly posted to the account, and brokers decided the shots had been taken inside of Womochil’s dwelling. Inside of a number of days, HSI experienced a warrant for the contents of the @ictbaddad account, in accordance to the grievance. (Underneath Elon Musk’s possession, baby sexual abuse materials has proliferated on Twitter, according to researchers.)
They searched @ictbaddad’s DMs, locating a Feb. 14, 2023 discussion with another Twitter/X consumer who sent @ictbaddad a “real” incest online video, just after which @ictbaddad inquired about subscription rates to the user’s “premium incest Telegram channel,” the complaint states.
Womochil’s laptop contained “at least” 851 thumbnail visuals linked to video clips and pictures stored on the tricky travel brokers took from his residence, in accordance to the criticism.
“During the examination of the external really hard generate, various photographs of child exploitation content have been positioned,” it suggests.
Womochil does not have a lawyer detailed in courtroom data, and was not able to be achieved for comment. His cell phone, which is still in HSI custody, went straight to voicemail on Saturday.
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