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Officers make child porn bust in Galax

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By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

Phillip Ralph Siegle, 58, of Petersburg is facing nine counts of possession of child pornography, according to a Galax Police Department report.
Police charged Siegle after an investigation turned up a series of pornographic photos of minor children.
Police were contacted with concerns about Siegle on Tuesday, the reports said.
Following the lead, Sgt. Jody Poole and Detective Robbie Isom led an investigation at the motel in Galax where Siegle was staying.
Assistance was received from a Virginia State Police special agent trained in recovering evidence from computers and other electronic devices.
The photos were discovered during the investigation, and felony warrants were issued for Siegle. He was later arrested after being stopped by a Virginia State Trooper in Northern Virginia.
Siegle was being held without bond on Wednesday and was to be transported to the New River Valley Jail to await trial.
“All three officers went the ‘extra mile’ to complete this investigation,” said Police Chief Rick Clark.