Fired TV weatherman pleads not guilty to child porn charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former television weatherman accused of downloading pornographic images depicting children has pleaded not guilty in Ohio to four child pornography-related charges.

Sixty-year-old Mike Davis pleaded not guilty Monday in Columbus to counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor. The indictment alleges Davis downloaded and emailed to himself videos and images depicting young children engaging in sexual activity.

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Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien has said Davis downloaded and emailed the images to himself between October 2018 and September 2019.

A message seeking comment was left with Davis’ lawyer.

Davis worked at WBNS-TV in Columbus more than three decades. He was fired after his arrest in September.

O’Brien said a county task force began investigating Davis after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.