14 Suspects Charged With 541 Child Pornography Charges in Manatee County
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crime Against Children taskforce said they executed 26 search warrants and served more than 200 subpoenas so that they could search 100 devices to uncover 17,000 suspected images of alleged child pornography.
Police claim that they discovered that one man arrested solicited an undercover federal agent who was pretending to be a minor after a search warrant was conducted at his home. He was arrested for the local charges in addition to federal charges that are pending.
SWAT also assisted in a few of the arrests.
Another man who was notified of a search warrant of his home fled the area, according to the MCSO. The MCSO worked in conjunction with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Ft Myers PD to help find the man who was eventually caught in a traffic stop and taken into police custody on 50 felony warrants.
If you or someone you love has been charged with any type of child pornography crime in Florida, you should never try to handle these charges on your own. The State takes these charges very seriously and will do everything they can to succeed in a conviction. A conviction for a child porn-related crime carried devastating consequences that could follow you around for the rest of your life, but our Florida Child Porography Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help. We strongly encourage you to reach out to us regardless of the charges you are facing and your innocence, so that we can guide you through the best course of action pertaining to your defense.
Child pornography cases are on the rise. According to the Investigative Post, federal prosecutors filed 58 cases related to child porn charges in 2019, which is up from the 38 annual average cases in previous years. An uptick in federal and state cases means more time and effort put into Internet undercover child porn stings, which means that if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time you could easily find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Even a wrongful child porngraphy arrest can have a negative impact on your life such as employment and higher education opportunities.
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