An Anderson man was accused of felony child exploitation involving a 7-year-old child.
Madison County deputies arrested Harold Jay Roth Sr., 61, of the 2700 block of West 18th Street, Friday on suspicion of Level 5 felony child exploitation. He has been released from jail after posting $10,000 bond.
According to Anderson police, the case is still under investigation, but Roth has allegedly admitted to taking nude pictures of a 7-year-old boy with a Nintendo DS. Several nude photos were discovered on the handheld gaming system including those of a child in a bathroom, according to a probable cause.
Officers allege Roth took the pictures, “with the intent to satisfy or arouse the sexual desires of any person.”
In 1997, Roth was charged with three Class A felony charges of child molesting and a Class B felony charge of criminal deviate conduct with force in Steuben County. According to court records, the criminal deviate conduct charge was barred by a time limitation and dismissed.
A date for a jury trial was set, but the state later filed a motion to dismiss all charges against Roth.