In April of 2016 the Boone County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by the Berryville Police Department in regards to a Boone County resident, Jack Robert Abels, of Alpena, who had taken his laptop computer to a computer repair store in Berryville to be worked on. While servicing Abels’ computer, the computer technician discovered pictures of what he believed to be of nude children on the computer hard dive. He then contacted the Berryville Police Department.
An investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the FBI led to the discovery of 52 pornographic images of children on Abels’ computer hard drive that he had downloaded from the internet.
On June 9, 2016 Abels, age 63, was located and arrested at his residence in Alpena without incident. Abels is currently being held at the Boone County Jail on a $50,000.00 bond.