’16 & Pregnant’ Lori Wickelhaus Arrested & Charged for Explicit Material Involving a Child

Lori Wickelhaus appeared on Season 2 of 16 & Pregnant alongside now ‘Teen Mom 2’ stars Chelsea Houska, Leah Messer, and Kailyn Lowry. In Lori’s episode she made the difficult decision to place her baby for adoption. 10 years later Lori is now facing a Felony charge of possession and “viewing matter portraying sexual performance of a minor.”

According to reports Lori was arrested Monday after being tipped off by the Kentucky State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The p*rnographic video was then found on an iPhone and laptop in Lori’s possession.

The police report obtained by Starcasm states: “The Campbell County Police Department received a Cybertip from the Kentucky State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (KSP ICAC) that was submitted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The Cybertip was created when an unknown subject uploaded images that depict child p*rnography to a Dropbox account.”

The police report also indicates that this incident took place on September 23 of 2019 and that police seized Lori’s iPhone, a laptop computer, and a USB thumb drive.

She is now facing 20 different counts of the same charge. “According to court papers, Campbell County Police began searching her computers and phone as far back as March,” WKRC reports. “A grand jury indicted her on August 13.” Lori has since been released on a $10,000 bond and has an arraignment hearing scheduled for September 9.

After Lori’s 16 & Pregnant episode aired in 2010, she went on to have two more children. Her daughter Rylynn Jo Amos was born on October 22, 2013, and her son Logan in October of 2014.

Lori appeared in a video for WV Uncovered in 2012 where she talks about her stint in a rehab program for depression. The description states: “At the age of 17 Lori Wickelhaus found herself pregnant, and a reality TV star–all while attending a Catholic school for girls in Northern Kentucky. After her adoption and graduating high school Wickelhaus fell into a depression–making bad life choices and hanging with the ‘wrong crowd. After deciding to really make a change, she found herself living in Davis, WV at Q&A Associates, a transitional program for young adults. Q&A utilizes wilderness therapy and equine based learning to help clients adjust to independent living.”

Unfortunately Lori had another brush with the law in January of 2018, when she was booked on charges of theft by deception including bad checks and failure to appear.

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