Ex-employee at Memphis Kiddie Park indicted on child porn charges

 

CLEVELAND-- A former ride operator at Memphis Kiddie Park was indicted on child pornography charges.

Miguel L. Wheeler, 33, faces one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The Department of Justice said Wheeler was taking video and photos of an underage girl engaged in sexual activities between Feb. 13 and July 25. According to the indictment, the victim was 9 years old.

Authorities also found child porn on his phone, the indictment said.

The charges do not stem from his time working at the amusement park in Cleveland.

While the charges are not related to his job at the park, anytime there is a person who worked with children and allegedly committed crimes against kids, justice department officials said they put the information out to the public in case there are other victims. A department spokesman said they do not know of any other victims at this time.

The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case, with help from Homeland Security.