According to court documents, 18-year-old Denali Brehmer, who has been arrested for her involvement in the murder of her friend, 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman, is also involved with producing child pornography.
After detectives seized Brehmer’s cell phone while searching for evidence related to Hoffman’s death, they discovered evidence of child pornography.
Detectives found several text messages between Brehmer and a man she referred to as “Tyler”, who she stated lived in Kansas.
Upon further investigation, the FBI linked the man’s phone number to 21 year-old Darin Schilmiller of Indiana.
Brehmer stated during an interview that “Tyler” had directed her to sexually assault two minors, an 8 or 9 year-old and a 15 year-old. Brehmer told investigators that at “Tyler’s” direction, she took videos of the two minors while they were nude and sent them to “Tyler”.
Text messages between the two also reference Hoffman’s murder. Schilmiller sent a message stating: “I wish I never made a deal with you in the first place...we can meet but once I see a cop I’m telling him or her that I made you rape people and killed cece.”
Schilmiller is in custody and has been charged with production of child pornography and attempted receipt of child pornography. He is also a person of interest in the Hoffman Homicide investigation.