(1-19-23) Randall L. Rains, 73, of Portland, was charged in Jay Circuit Court with four counts of possession of child pornography, a Level 5 felony carrying up to six years in prison.

Rains worked in the Jay County School district for 29 years, including as a principal. He retired in 2001.

Rains was arrested last Thursday after local law enforcement received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about Internet activity linked to Rains’ Comcast account.

He posted a $13,000 bond and was released. An initial court hearing in his case is set for January 26th.

After finding a computer tower owned by Rains and hidden there were four images of “apparent child pornography” and dozens of “open Internet tabs” linked to websites featuring images and videos of child porn.

According to a court affidavit one of the websites that had been accessed by the computer had photos of “prepubescent females (six to eight year-old) sexually engaging with adult males.” The computer was equipped to give Rains access to the “dark web,” networks that required special software or authorization to access.

What is the dark web?

The dark web is part of the internet that isn’t visible to search engines and requires the use of an anonymizing browser called Tor to be accessed.