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Former Reserve Deputy Sent to Prison for Child Porn

By: FDLE Press Release; Julie Montanaro; Angelica Alvarez Email
By: FDLE Press Release; Julie Montanaro; Angelica Alvarez Email

UPDATE - John Crouse was given the opportunity to address the court before the judge handed down the sentence.

"I failed to keep my priorities straight, I allowed my addiction to pornography to control all my decisions ultimately acquiring illegal images and videos and making stupid choices and hurt my family," said Crouse.

UPDATED 6:40pm by Julie Montanaro

John Crouse was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by 15 years on probation.

He will be a registered a sex offender for the rest of his life.


Tallahassee, FL, November 6, 2012, 3:46pm - Sentencing for a former Leon County reserve deputy was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. but has been pushed back to 3:45 p.m.

John Crouse pleaded no contest in August in a child porn case.

Crouse was arrested in 2010 after FDLE agents say they found him sharing child porn in an internet chat room. Prosecutors say they ultimately found thousands of pornographic pictures.

Crouse faced 168 counts of child porn possession, but plead no contest to 85 of them.


Tallahassee, FL, November 6, 2012 - John Crouse is schedule to be sentenced at 3:45 p.m. We have a reporter in the courtroom and will bring you more information as it becomes available.


UPDATED 8.23.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A former Leon County reserve deputy has also entered a plea in a child porn case.

John Crouse was arrested back in 2010 after FDLE agents say they found him sharing child porn in an internet chat room. Prosecutors say they ultimately found thousands of pornographic pictures.

Crouse faced 168 counts of child porn possession, but plead no contest to 85 of them.

He'll be sentenced October 1st.

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UPDATED 9.17.2010

A Tallahassee man busted for child pornography remains behind bars after a judge set bond at $100,000.

34 year old John Crouse, a computer consultant and former member of LCSO's Mounted Posse, was arrested earlier this week on ten counts of possession of child porn.

Yet arrest papers filed in the case indicate there were approximately 100,000 pictures of children on his computer, in various stages of undress.

The arrest papers say approximately 5,000 of those pictures are pornographic and illegal. It also says there are two lengthy pornographic videos on the computer as well.

The FDLE agent working the case says most of the children are between the ages of seven and 14 and the pictures show them engaged in vaginal, anal and oral sex with adults.

The judge set Crouse's bond at $100,000, ordered him to wear a GPS monitor and have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.

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UPDATED 9.14.2010 by Julie Montanaro

John Crouse's mug shot is not being released because he is a law enforcement officer.

A spokesman with the Leon County Sheriff's Office confirms Crouse was a reserve deputy with its mounted posse until his resignation August 6th. The mounted posse patrols at football games and parades as well as helps to search for missing persons, SGT James McQuaig said.

In his on line profile on LinkedIn, Crouse claims to have full law enforcement standards, worked as an LCSO reserve deputy since March 2008, and worked as a police officer in the Village of Fayette, Ohio from June 2002 until September 2005.

His on line profile also indicates he has more than 14 years in the information technology industry, currently serving as a consultant with WiSys LLC, and formerly as a systems programmer with Florida's Department of Revenue.

Crouse's Facebook page indicates he has two young children.

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Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Computer Crime Center today (9-15) arrested John Crouse, 34, of Tallahassee and charged him with 10 counts of sexual performance by a child.

Crouse became a suspect during an undercover investigation by FDLE’s Computer Crime Center. During the investigation, an FDLE agent observed an individual using an Internet chat room to share images that showed children in sexual acts. Agents were able to trace back the user to Crouse.

In July, FDLE agents executed a search warrant at Crouse’s home, located at 3234 Allison Marie Court, and located hundreds of images of child pornography.

Crouse was booked into the Leon County Jail. Additional charges are pending a complete forensic examination of all computers located in Crouse’s home


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