Second Arrest Made In Child Porn Investigation In Summers County


Devil: Robert Eugene Bennett Jr

West Virginia State Police said a second arrest has been made in a child pornography investigation that initially led to the arrest of the Summers County fire chief.

Robert Eugene Bennett Jr., 34, of Hinton was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges after troopers interviewed the suspect and he said that he met with Brian Cale, the Summers County fire chief, at his home in Hinton in the summer or early fall of 2020 and they engaged in sexual activities with a female and male juvenile, according to a criminal complaint filed in Summers County Magistrate Court.

The complaint said Bennett acknowledged that over the course of several years, he was in possession of and distributed several images of child pornography, including images of the two juveniles who were involved in the sexual activities in 2020.

Bennett is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and possession and distribution of child pornography. He is currently being held in the Southern Regional Jail on a $152,000 surety/cash bond.

Meanwhile, Cale, 34, of Hinton, the Summers County Fire Department chief, faces multiple charges in another case.


Devil: Brian Maxwell Cale

A complaint filed Tuesday in Summers County Magistrate Court said in October 2020 a juvenile male sent an explicit Snapchat message to a juvenile girl that showed a photo of the juvenile male and Cale and asked the girl if she wanted to have sex. Cale replied with a video and said there is nothing “wrong with that, it’s just a question.”

According to the complaint, the juvenile male also sent videos of the girl snorting an unknown substance with Cale.

In October 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children flagged several photos that showed explicit photos of juveniles that were linked to Cale’s Snapchat account, court records said.

Cale is charged with distribution of child porn, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, soliciting a minor via computer and child abuse creating risk of injury. He is currently being held at Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 surety/cash bond.

West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation.


Source: https://wchstv.com/news/local/state-police-second-arrest-made-in-child-pornography-investigation-in-summers-county

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