An Independence man was arrested and charged this week with promoting and possessing child pornography, following an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Digital Forensics Investigative Unit and Independence Police.

Bradley Vader, 64, was arrested Tuesday at his Ralston Avenue residence following a warrant search. According to a Highway Patrol release, investigators located child porn and computer equipment used to commit the crimes.

Vader has been charged with one count of promoting child pornography and three counts of child porn possession. Bond has been set at $25,000.

The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to report promptly to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children. The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit is partially funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crime Grant and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.