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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  • by RG Location: Crawfordville on Sep 29, 2010 at 11:10 PM
    How often does this fantasy turn into reality? How often are the people who abduct or molest children actually known to the family? I suggest reading the Levenson report to the Florida legislature circa 2005.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 at 04:58 PM
    this makes me want to vomit. mark bollone was my teacher and i have a son myself. i'm completely disgusted that i knew one of the people listed. i'm totally mortified.
  • by realist Location: Quincy on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    to kenneth: don't neglect to remember how often fantasy turns to reality with something like this... very rarely is something as cut and dried as we'd like to think... The country protects the rights of people to create not the rights of people to view, it's protection of free speech and free press not protection to watch illegal (as pedophilia is a crime) images just because they are fantasizing.
  • by PCStudentGCCC Location: Florida on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    The problem with trying to get the pedophiles making the movies is that most of them are in other countries where making that may not be illegal. You can't bust them for something that their government deems alright. Nevermind that some people are incredibly hard to track by ISP. I'm just surprised that people can get away with it for a while but then get caught. I agree with Sickened, they should be put into gen-pop. They wouldn't last very long.
  • by LOL Location: Tallahassee on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM
    Just because they arrest some disgusting perverts for looking at these images does not mean they aren't actively trying to catch the ones making the images. The task force works to try to find out that information too. Common sense people!!!
  • by Tccstudient Location: not from here on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    @ kenneth: Never thought of it that way, but you are correct.
  • by Sickened Location: Tallahassee on Sep 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    Pedophiles should be placed in general population once they get arrested. Some inmates will love to take advantage of them the same way they take advantage of children.
  • by kenneth Location: davis on Sep 29, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    i have to say that a lot of resoruce are being spent on the wrong people. the people watching ity are wrong but why aren't they tracking the people making the video's or taking the pictures. people are being imprisoned for fantasy while the real criminal run free.
  • by johnny hopkins Location: afghanistan on Sep 29, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    What about all the goverment workers that where busted back a few years ago and they where doing it on gov.computers most have got off because they are or who they know are goverment loves to past laws but they think the laws don't apply to them sad sad sad
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