Greybull Police Officer Charged with Possession of Child Pornography
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 20, 2018
A Greybull police officer was fired last week after he was arrested on a federal charge of possessing child pornography.
An article in the Northern Wyoming Daily News says that agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation arrested James Christopher Wynia when he showed up to start his shift on Tuesday, August 7th. Soon after, the Police Department informed Wynia of his termination in a letter.
The complaint alleges that Wynia’s email was used to send a video file containing child sexually exploitive material. DCI opened the case in early June, and Wynia admitted under questioning that he owned the email account and used it and his cell phone to view child pornography.
Wynia joined the department in September of 2016, after spending about a month as a police officer in Manderson. Police Chief Bill Brenner told town council members on Monday night that a search for Wynia’s replacement has already begun, but his termination leaves the department with four fulltime patrol officers.
The penalty for possession of child pornography is five to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine and five years to life supervised release. Wynia is currently out on bond, but must reside at the home of his parents in Rifle, Colorado with no access to a computer or any unsupervised contact with minor children.