Two people charged in Clinton County child pornography case

Posted at 6:59 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 08:20:17-04

 A man and woman from Clinton County were arraigned on child pornography charges Thursday.

50-year-old Carol Boak and 43-year-old Kenneth Lee Thelen appeared in Clinton County court to face numerous charges.

The Clinton County Prosecutors Office calls it one of the most vulgar collections of child pornography detectives they have ever seen.

Both had not been arrested, due to their cooperation with police during the investigation.

It all began in July 2016 when a 9-year-old and her guardian filed a complaint with the Saint Johns Police Department. They claimed the guardian's now ex-boyfriend inappropriately touched the 9-year-old.

The complaint led to the arrest of 52-year-old Terry Plowman of Saint Johns.

Plowman is currently lodged at the Clinton County Jail and is charged with second degree criminal sexual conduct and other child sexually abusive crimes.

As the investigation into Plowman continued, it was revealed the images and videos had been shared with Boak. Boak then shared the content with Thelen.

Police say approximately 20 images and videos were found.

"I've been doing this job for over 27 years and I see some of these cases come through," said Keith Knight, Chief of Police at the Saint Johns Police Department. "This one is sort of surprising."

Boak also faces additional criminal sexual conduct and sodomy charges based on what police recovered on her phone.

Police stress this is an isolated case and those in the community should not be concerned.

"I don't want people being alarmed that they need to worry because we try to monitor and pay attention," said Knight. "We get into schools a lot and try to be involved in the community."

Boak is charged with:

- Child Abusive Commercial Activity
- Possession of Child Sexual Abusive Material
- Distributing or Promoting Child Abusive Commercial Activity
- Sodomy
- 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a person younger than 13

Thelen is charged with:

- Child Abusive Commercial Activity
- 2 counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abusive Material

Boak and Thelen are due back in court later this month.