Pasco County Assistant Principal Indicted on Child Porn Charges

A federal magistrate judge denied bond for a middle school assistant principal accused of producing and distributing child pornography.

The 35-year-old Land O’ Lakes, was taken into custody Tuesday by U.S. Marshals after a Homeland Security investigation of another individual identified in court documents at “Defendant 1” allegedly linked him to the explicit images.

A federal grand jury later indicted the man on four charges.

If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of 30 years and a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in federal prison for production of child pornography, 20 years in federal prison for each of two counts for distributing child pornography, and 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

The man, who is suspended from his assistant principal job in Pasco County, will remain in custody until his trial begins April 2.

As you can see, child pornography charges are quite serious. A conviction could not only mean a long time in prison, but also hefty fines and mandatory registration as a sex offender. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side to protect your rights and your future.

Our Florida Child Porn Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can fight on your behalf. These cases can involve both state and federal laws, so you need an attorney in your corner who is licensed to practice in both state and federal court. We can offer you the strong legal help you need. Call us today at 727-847-2299 or contact us online for a free consultation and to learn what you are up against.