Randall DeWitt Simons indicted on child porn charges. Did the children’s photographer kill child beauty queen, JonBenét Ramsey?
An Oregon man who reportedly photographed JonBenét Ramsey just months before her unsolved 1996 murder — and was later arrested for walking down a street naked, muttering ‘I didn’t kill JonBenét’ — has been indicted on child porn charges.
Randall DeWitt Simons, 66, was arraigned Thursday following a year-long investigation by the Oakridge Police Department, according to The Register-Guard.
According to the media outlet, Simons was indicted on 15 counts of second-degree encouraging child sex abuse.
He had been taken into custody on July 2, with authorities executing a search warrant on his home just days earlier — which turned up four laptops, three camcorders, two bags of writable optical discs and six cameras.
Cops had been tipped off by workers at a local A&W Restaurant back in July 2018, after noticing someone was using their WiFi to download x-rated content.
Investigators traced the activity back to a computer identification address belonging to a man who lived near the restaurant. They reportedly learned that he sold the computer, along with several others, to Simons — who also lived nearby.
Using a special software program, authorities were able to see Simons log into the A&W WiFi system and tracked the activity back to his home. They executed their search warrant on June 27.
Simons later told cops that he was a children’s photographer, and they promptly notified local parents to see if he possibly photographed their kids or left them alone with him, the Register-Guard reports.
Does JonBenet Ramsey child photographer have anything to do with her murder?
Simons made headlines in 1998 when he was arrested for indecent exposure in Lincoln County, Colorado, for allegedly walking down a road naked.
‘I didn’t kill JonBenét,’ he told his arresting officer, according to the Associated Press.
The incident happened less than two years after the child beauty queen was murdered.
Simons, who was never declared a suspect, had also drawn attention to himself in 1997 — when he sold a portfolio of glamour shots that he took of JonBenét to a photo agency for over $7,000. The children’s photographer claimed that he was only trying to bring more attention to the case.
‘My career is done,’ he told reporters at the time. ‘I’ll probably never work again.’
Simons was held in jail after the indecent exposure incident and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Child photographer specializing from school of hard knocks and ‘girl watching.’
Of interesting note, following the death in 2010 of police detective Lou Smits, who came out of retirement to to investigate JonBenet’s death, Simons under the alia of Randy Streamwalker wrote on Facebook: ‘I think there is VERY little chance now that her terrible murder will be solved’.
On the Facebook page, Simons says he graduated from ‘School of Hard Knocks’ where he studied ‘girl watching’.
Simon’s latest arrest and indictment has since led to heightened speculation that Simons may have been behind the prodigy child beauty Queen’s murder. It remained unclear if authorities will seek to build a case against the photographer and discover what role if any he may have had in her unsolved slaying.
Simons is due back in court on August 7 for a pre-trial conference.