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Local Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

By: TPD Release
By: TPD Release

Updated 11-19 6:27pm

A Tallahassee man finds himself in trouble with the law. The 33-year-old is the second child pornography arrest in Tallahassee in as many days.

"I knew every neighbor. Well, I thought I knew every neighbor on my street."

William Dance says he did not know David Lee Bethancourt, and he surely didn't know what Bethancourt was doing.

Tallahassee Police say they found child pornography on Bethancourt's personal computer at 5661 Widefield Road.

Dance said, "It was an absolute shock to hear that somebody of that type of behavioral patterns lives in that close proximity ot my children. My children ride within ten feet of his house on a daily basis on their bicycles and tricycles."

Investigators say they executed a search warrant at Bethancourt's home around 8:30 Friday morning.

Dance said, "It was an absolute shock to wake up and see FDLE and a bunch of agents in your neighborhood."

Neighbor Kathy Woodward says she saw the investigators, and even waved at them. But, now she realizes their visit was far from friendly.

Police say the pornography on Bethancourt's computer was of children under the age of 12.

"My mouth dropped down to my feet. I was just flabbergasted." Said, Woodward.

Bethancourt is charged with 32 counts of possession of pornography.

Woodward said, "This nice little neighborhood. We wave as we drive by and he always waved back. But, I had no idea. It doesn't happen in my neighborhood. But, I guess it does."

There have been at least five arrests in our area on child pornography charges just since last month.

Authorities say they are not disclosing how they tracked Bethancourt down, nor how long the investigation had been going on.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tallahassee, Florida --

This morning, at approximately 8:30AM, the North Florida ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force executed a search warrant at 5661 Widefield Road. The Task Force consists of The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Leon County Sheriff's Office, and the Tallahassee Police Department.

The Tallahassee Police Department began the investigation and with the assistance of the North Florida ICAC, developed probable cause to arrest 33 year-old David Lee Bethancourt for Possession of Child Pornography. The pornography was found on Bethancourt's personal computer.

ARRESTED:
David Lee Bethancourt, White Male, 8/18/77 Charges: Possession of Child Pornography (32 counts).

The full release from TPD is attached above.


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