UPDATED 2.29.2012 by Julie Montanaro
A Tallahassee man is arrested and accused of downloading and sharing pornographic pictures of children.
He initially claimed it was an accident, but investigators say he couldn't explain numerous searches for hardcore kiddie porn.
Investigators knocked on the door of this home on San Mateo Court Tuesday afternoon. The man who answered was soon under arrest and doing his best to explain why there may be pornographic movies and pictures of children on his computer.
28 year old Keith Kirkpatrick is facing both child porn possession and distribution charges. Agents say one of the lewd images even shows a young child in a car seat.
"I was totally suprised. I had no idea," said neighbor Alexa Warwick. "I had seen kids out in the front yard. They were rebuilding their deck over there. Never thought anything bad of them."
Arrest papers say Kirkpatrick initially claimed to have bought the computer from Craig's list, but later admitted he got it at Best Buy.
Agents say he had no explanation for at least three searches for pre-teen porn and could not explain files shared just one day before his arrest.
"One of the indications that Mr. Kirkpatrick gave was that he had accidentally downloaded some child pornography," said TPD Spokesman David Northway.
TPD investigators confirm there are children living in Kirkpatrick's home but say all the porn appears to be downloaded from the internet.
Court records show Kirkpatrick has been released from jail on $35,000 bond.
He is facing ten charges right now, but police say they are still examining the computers taken from his home and other charges are possible.
"They have a pretty normal, suburban family look. It's really surprising," Warwick said.
Tallahassee, Florida - Feb. 28, 2012 - Noon -
A Tallahassee man is accused of downloading child pornography. He claims it must have been on his computer when he bought it off Craigslist.
Keith Kirkpatrick was arrested at his home on San Mateo Court.
Investigators claim he had downloaded as many as 41 pornographic pictures and movies of children, including one in a car seat.
Arrest papers say he initially claimed to have bought the computer off Craigslist but then later admitted he bought it at Best Buy.
Tallahassee, Florida - Feb. 28, 2012 -
On February 28, 2012 the Tallahassee Police Department in conjunction with the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force or ICAC, including ICE, FDLE and LCSO served a search warrant at the residence of an identified computer which was sharing child pornography files. The search warrant resulted in the arrest of Keith Kirkpatrick.
“Protecting our children is one of the highest priorities at TPD, and we will continue to pursue these cases in the future with ICAC.” said Chief Dennis M. Jones.
The probable cause for the case is attached to this release.