Franklin County Deputy fired and denied bond following child porn charges

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Franklin County corrections deputy facing federal child pornography charges has received an official notice of termination, according to Sheriff Dallas Baldwin.

Daniel Heintz received his notice of termination on Friday. Also Friday, Heintz appeared at a detention hearing where he was denied bond.

Court documents state that Daniel P. Heintz had multiple conversations over the Kik Messenger app in August 2020 with a man who was later arrested by the FBI on child enticement charges in Illinois.

According to a federal affidavit, Heintz, 38, and the man arrested discussed several times their mutual sexual interest in children, as well as the possibility of Heintz taking a nude photograph of an unidentified minor female.

The affidavit also alleges that Heintz and the subject exchanged child pornography images. 

 U.S. Attorney David DeVillers said Heintz turned himself in Wednesday morning.

A statement by the officers’ union, the Fraternal Order of Police, reads:

The FOP has been made aware that Federal charges have been filed against a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy.   The FOP is not privy to the details of this criminal investigation; however, if he is found guilty of these offenses then we will take swift action in removing him from membership.  The Fraternal Order of Police does not tolerate this type of behavior.

Keith Ferrell, president, Fraternal Order of Police

Heintz next appears in court on March 10 for a preliminary hearing.

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