A Hannibal man facing multiple felony charges for possession of child pornography will appear next for a preliminary hearing in mid-August, following an arraignment hearing Friday, July 14.

A Hannibal man facing multiple felony charges for possession of child pornography will appear next for a preliminary hearing in mid-August, following an arraignment hearing Friday, July 14.

Lee V. Gatlin, 25, faces two Class B felony charges of possession of child pornography. He appeared with Public Defender Jennifer Richardson before Judge John Jackson in the 10th Circuit Marion County Associate Court. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represents the state. Jackson set Gatlin's preliminary hearing for 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14.

According to a probable cause statement filed in September 2015, a woman found a cell phone on the side of U.S. 61 in Hannibal. The woman, in an attempt to locate the phone’s owner, looked through photos and discovered what she believed to be child pornography. She turned the cell phone over to the Hannibal Police Department.

The phone was sent to the St. Charles Cybercrime Task Force for analysis.

Gatlin was arrested on Monday, June 12, where police found another phone, which again allegedly contained photos and videos depicting child pornography.

According to the probable cause statement, Gatlin admitted to possessing child pornography during a Mirandized interview.

Gatlin could serve as much as 30 years in prison if found guilty of the charges. He was released with a $100,000 surety bond from the Marion County Jail.