UPDATE: Monday, January 28, 4 p.m.U.S. District Magistrate Judge Gary Brown ordered that Mr. Sears remain in custody during a hearing on Monday afternoon after his defense attorney, Mr. Barker, failed to provide the court with a bail package—which would include an official request for bail and an accounting of Mr. Sears’s finances.
During the hearing on Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Bode, who is prosecuting the case, told the court that, so far, all images found in Mr. Sears’s apartment were morphed images and it was not believed he has any pictures of him actually performing inappropriate acts on children or other inappropriate photos of children. However, Mr. Bode said the investigation was continuing.
Mr. Bode, who spoke for approximately two minutes during the five-minute hearing, also said that investigators... more