Hokes Bluff man arrested on child pornography charges

Hokes Bluff man arrested on child pornography charges
Donald "ONeil" Paulsen (Source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office)

ETOWAH CO., Ala. (WBRC) - A man who was already registered as a sex offender out of Etowah County has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Donald “ONeil” Paulsen of Hokes Bluff was arrested on Nov. 20, 2020 on 10 counts of possession of Child Pornography and 7 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography, according to Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton.

Investigator Brandi Fuller with the Etowah County Sheriff’s office received a cyber tip from the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) on Paulsen. Fuller said after conducting an investigation of she was able to obtain a search warrant on Paulsen’s house.

The home was searched with the help of other Etowah County Investigators and the Rainbow City Police Department.

Investigators said Paulsen had videos of child pornography on his cell phone.

Paulsen was taken into custody and booked into the Etowah County Detention Center. He is being held on a $240,000 cash bond.

Inv. Fuller said more charges are expected at a later time.

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