Former chamber executive arrested
Published 3:32 pm Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The former executive vice president of the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce was arrested today and charged with possession of obscene material.
Investigators Lamar Stokes and Nickey Carnley arrested Ashley Bostwick Eiland after a five-month long investigation.
In December, officers with the Andalusia Police Department and the District Attorney’s office executed search warrants at Eiland’s home and place of employment.
According to a press release from the District Attorney’s office, during the searches, officers seized numerous cell phone and electronic devices and Eiland’s workplace computer.
“We sent all the electronic devices to the National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, for forensic retrieval of the data,” DA Walt Merrell said. “Those analysts are extremely thorough and if the evidence is there, they find it. In this case, they recovered data that showed the genitalia of individuals under the age of 17 years.”
She was booked into the Covington County Jail and was later bonded after posting at $100,000 cash bond.
Possession of obscene material, commonly referred to as child pornography, is a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and if convicted, Eiland will be required to register as a sex offender.
Merrell said Eiland should have her first court appearance Thursday.