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Child Porn Charges Rock Local Community

By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 9.29.2010 7pm by Julie Montanaro

A series of child pornography busts in Tallahassee has many parents on edge and has some enraged by the details.

It's hard to tally the number of arrests statewide due to varying statutes but according to FDLE, arrests for possession and distribuition of child porn reached 241 last year.

Deputies say the man who lived here had duffle bags full of pornographic videos of children.

It's enough to make parents anywhere angry ... and enough to bring that man's neighbor to tears.

"I'm just shocked and it's scary because my daughter's bedroom is right on the same side," Michelle Chadwell said.

John Buckley is one of four child porn arrests in Tallahassee in the past three weeks.

Michael Sullivan, a graduate teaching assistant at FSU, Mark Bollone, a longtime professor at TCC and John Crouse, a former member of the Sheriff's mounted posse all stand accused of possessing or trading child pornography on line.

"It's a very prevalant problem, and we see it all across the state of Florida, and that's why we are trying to combat this problem with other agencies," said Mike Phillips with FDLE's Computer Crimes Center.

Agents who track porn traders are able to move more quickly now. As soon as a search warrant yields a computer, the agents in this truck - parked right outside - can discover right then and there what's on it and whether there's enough evidence to make an arrest.

"We can see deleted files. We can see asll the files that potentially someone might want to download off the internet that may have led to the search warrant. We'll take that information and will very quickly identify what's on each machine," explained FDLE Computer Forensic Examiner Brett Cureton.

This training session at FDLE's computer crimes center Wednesday is one of many designed to teach local police officers how to track down those who deal in child porn. The addition of more specially trained law officers in departments across the state means there's a bigger net with smaller mesh in which to catch child pornographers.

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Tallahassee has been rocked by a series of child porn arrests and online investigators say that's just the tip of the iceberg.

There is a training seminar at FDLE's computer crime center today, September 29 in hopes that more local officers and deputies have the skills they need to track pornographers online.

There have been four significant child porn arrests in Tallahassee over the past three weeks.
That includes Michael Sullivan, a graduate teaching assistant at FSU, Mark Bollone, a longtime professor at TCC, John Crouse, a former member of the Sheriff's mounted posse and John Buckley, a Woodville man with what deputies say were duffle bags full of pornographic videos.

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