An Effingham man was arrested on September 25, 2018 for a warrant issued in Effingham County for the charge of Grooming. Justin C. Winterrowd, 22, was taken into custody late Tuesday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest Tuesday morning.

Effingham Police Department received a report from a Law Enforcement Agency in Washington State in late August which stated that a child victim who lived in their jurisdiction had received a nude photograph from a male subject who lived in Effingham. Effingham Bureau of Criminal Investigations Detectives followed up on the information provided, and were able to postively identify Winterrowd as the suspect.

After an initial interview, an examination was conducted of Winterrowd's cellular device, using technology recently purchased by Effingham Police Department with assest forfeiture funds. The forensics analysis showed information which linked the suspect to the victim, and provided critical evidence for the case. Based upon the initial investigation and evidence, Effingham County State's Attorney was granted a warrant for Winterrowd's arrest on the charge of Grooming which is a Class 4 Felony. Bond was set at $100,000 with 10% to apply. Winterrowd is currently incarcerated at Effingham County Jail.

Chief Jeffrey Fuesting stated, “The ability to have software which aids in fighting crimes using current technology is an enormous benefit for our department. This cell phone computer forensics analysis software, which was just recently purchased with funds from asset forfeiture, has already helped our Detectives in two cases which have led to arrests. As technology keeps advancing, it is important that Law Enforcement utilitzes current knowledge and equipment to fight technology crimes. Citizens can be assured that Effingham Police Department has a commitment to keeping the community safe, and will continue to utilize any and all resources available to do so.”

If you see it, say it! The Effingham Police Department encourages you to call the police department immediately at 217-347-0774 to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood or business district. Information can be given anonymously by call the CRIMESTOPPERS Tip Line at 217-347-6583. anonymous callers can receive up to $1,000 cash rewards.