Tip Leads To 215 Charges Of Possession Of Child Pornography

News Release from Rainsville Police Department.



On November 14th 2022 Steve Robert Wukmer age 66 of Rainsville was arrested at his place of employment in Fort Payne, AL for 215 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography. The investigation into these charges began earlier in November after a tip was received by the Rainsville Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division. Further investigation of Mr. Wukmer indicated that he had been a former children’s minister in the state of Ohio. At this time, it is unclear if there was any misconduct in the State of Ohio for this type of behavior. Steve Robert Wukmer is currently housed at Dekalb County Jail awaiting a bond to be set by a Judge. Dekalb County Sheriffs office aided in the investigation by performing the Forensic Downloads of the Electronic Devices seized during Search Warrants performed at Wukmer’s residence.

Chief Michael Edmondson stated: “I am disgusted that someone could be doing this sort of thing here in Rainsville, but unfortunately, I’m also not surprised. We in law enforcement are seeing more and more of this terrible act, even locally. I am so proud of our police department for jumping on this investigation and getting it done quickly to protect the kids in our community.”