Winchester man arrested after child porn found on Instagram account

Ryan William Mayer
Ryan William Mayer

A Winchester man was arrested after police said he was in possession of child pornography.

Ryan William Mayer, 31, was arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence, prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor for sex and use of a minor in a sex performance.

The arrest came after Winchester Police executed a search warrant Thursday at Mayer’s residence in the 700 block of Estes Drive, an arrest citation read. The search warrant was obtained after a parent of a girl younger than 16 reported that the daughter was “induced” by someone to give nude photos through the Instagram app and Lexington police filed a search warrant for the Instagram account, including photos, messages and IP addresses.

The Instagram account contained many photos of what appeared to be naked girls and a penis being sent back to the girls, the arrest citation read.

During the search of Mayer’s residence, Winchester police found the same bedroom where the penis photo was taken, according to the arrest citation.

Mayer is also accused of destroying a Samsung cellphone prior to the search.

Mayer was booked in the Clark County jail. Mayer is scheduled to be arraigned 1 p.m. Wednesday in Clark Circuit court.