|Imperial man jailed for alleged possession of child pornography|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 11 June 2015 16:58|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A Chase County employee for nearly 21 years remains in jail this week after his arrest June 2 on alleged possession of child pornography, a Class III felony.
Charles (Chuck) Eberhardt, 55, who has worked as a Chase County dispatcher since November 1994, remains in the Red Willow County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He could be released by posting 10 percent of the bond.
Eberhardt was arrested last week at his home in Imperial by members of the Code Task Force headquartered in North Platte. The Task Force includes officers with the FBI, Nebraska State Patrol and North Platte Police Dept.
According to State Patrol Lt. Eric Rice of North Platte, a Task Force member, the investigation into the case is ongoing. He said officers with all three agencies of the Task Force were present for exection of the search warrant and Eberhardt’s arrest.
Lt. Rice could not comment on what, if any, evidence was taken when Eberhardt was arrested.
The day after Eberhardt’s arrest, Chase County Attorney Arlan Wine filed the felony complaint in Chase County Court.
After the arrest, Eberhardt was taken to the Chase County Jail where he was booked, then was transferred to the jail in McCook.
County Sheriff Kevin Mueller, who was not involved in the arrest and said he knew nothing of the alleged activity until shown the search warrant mid-morning last Tuesday, terminated Eberhardt immediately that day.
“As an employee of Chase County, I expect all my employees whether they are law enforcement officers or not to be held to a higher standard.
“Any type of (alleged) criminal activity or unethical behavior will not be tolerated by this office,” he said.
Mueller, sheriff here the past five years, said the county’s computers have not been searched or seized because tracking of the IP address did not lead to the sheriff’s office.
Eberhardt’s arraignment is set for June 18 at 1 p.m. in the Chase County Courtroom.