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UPDATED TCC Professor Arrested in Child Pornography Case

By: LCSO Press Release; Julie Montanaro Email
By: LCSO Press Release; Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED April 19, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

Court records indicate that former TCC professor Mark Bollone entered a no contest plea in March and was sentenced to three months in jail, followed by two years on probation.

He is scheduled to be released May 16th.
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UPDATED 6:40pm 9.14.2010 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee Community College professor is arrested and accused of downloading child pornography at work. Mark Bollone has lost his job and is facing a trio of felony charges.

Word spread quickly on campus Tuesday that the longtime biology professor had been arrested.

Mark Bollone is accused of downloading child pornography on his computer at work.

"That's very nasty. It's a terrible thing to happen at TCC. I think as a professor he should be a lot more professional," said TCC student Tambria Sneed.

"Definitely ridiculous. That's unacceptable as a teacher, being a role model as a teacher," said TCC student Demetrius Murray.

Deputies say a tip from a porn case in Michigan led them to Bollone's door. Earlier this month they searched his home and deputies say TCC turned over his work computer upon request.

"We performed forensic exams on both his personal and work computers and those examinations revealed illegal pronographic files," said LCSO Spokesman SGT James McQuaig.

Bollone has already posted a 30-thousand dollar bond, but won't be coming back to work.

TCC spokeswoman Alice Maxwell says Bollone is no longer employed at the college. She says Bollone has worked at TCC for 19 years and was teaching five classes this semester. All of them have been reassigned to other professors, Maxwell said.

One of Bollone's environmental systems students says he's disappointed Ballone won't be coming back to class.

"He was direct, straight foward, interactive, fun, you have fun in his class pretty much. His class was one of the best classes I had this semester. I was pretty shocked that he was arrested for that," said Matthew Kishe, who was in Bollone's class for a couple of weeks at the beginning of the semester.

Bollone is facing three counts of possession of child porn. Deputies say that's for pictures he downloaded and viewed, not for additional images that he received via email from Michigan.

Reached at home today, Bollone had no comment on his arrest.

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UPDATED 9.14.2010 Noon

Mark Bollone was arrested last night and has already posted his 30 thousand dollar bond.

Bollone, who is 56 years old, is facing three counts of possession of child pornography. Deputies say those are for photos he downloaded himself and do not include additional images he received via email.

TCC's website indicates Bollone is a biology professor who teaches both introductory and advanced biology as well as anatomy and physiology.

This whole investigation stemmed from a child porn crackdown in Michigan. Based on a tip from that investigation, detectives seized Bollone's computers on September first and arrested him last night.

TCC officials say they are fully cooperating with the investigation and in accordance with the policies of their board, Bollone is no longer employed at TCC.

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(Press Release) --

On September 1, 2010, members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at 1800 Vineland Drive, in Leon County. During the investigation, law
enforcement officers located and seized computer equipment which included images of prepubescent and adolescent children engaged in sexual activity with adults.

On September 13, 2010, task force members arrested Mark G. Bollone, 56, on outstanding warrants after forensic examination of both his personal and work computer equipment confirmed that he possessed illegal pornographic files. Bollone was transported to the Leon County Jail and charged with three counts of Possessing Images of Child Sexual Performance.

This investigation was linked to a recent case in the state of Michigan. In that case, Bollone was identified as having received child pornographic files via email from a subject living in Michigan.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD), U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) collaborated with authorities in Michigan, which led to Bollone’s arrest.

The full press release is attached above.


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