- Jackson County prosecutors Wednesday charged an Independence man, who police detectives identified as “a leader in a local scout troop,” with five counts of possession of child pornography.

- Prosecutors charged Timothy Fry, 40, of Independence, Wednesday.

- Independence police arrested and questioned Fry about disturbing images and videos found on his iPhone, according to a court document.

- A tipster alerted Independence police about child sexual abuse material on Fry's cell phone.

- A search of a message thread with another person in the phone's Session App revealed more than 50 images of child pornography and 15 videos containing child sexual abuse material.

- He told police he has been downloading child sexual abuse material since he was 19 years-old.

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