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Friday, April 23, 2010

Child Porn Sweep Nets 49 Arrests in Polk County, One Is A Woman Says Sheriff Grady Judd.


WINTER HAVEN - The Polk County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested 49 people on child pornography charges after an extensive investigation.
Sheriff Grady Judd said 21 of the suspects were arrested between July 2009 and March 2010. Another 28 were arrested Thursday morning, and an arrest warrant is out for one additional suspect in Lakeland.

Charges against the suspects ranged from one to 50 counts of possession of child pornography, the sheriff said, and some of the suspects who were arrested early in the operation have already been sentenced to prison.

Those who were arrested Thursday had previously had their computers seized and, according to the sheriff's office, child pornography or evidence of illegal downloads of child pornography were found on those computers.



Investigators found 8 victims, some of them local, during the operation. Sheriff Judd said it was difficult to locate victims in past investigations, so he was pleased with the detectives' work in this operation.

Five of the suspects, four men and one woman, were also charged with sexually abusing children, the sheriff said. Detectives say the images found on the seized computers included victims ranging from 6 months to 12 years of age.
"We have video clips of infants in diapers being raped," said Sheriff Judd. "They," he added, referring to the suspects in custody, "don't deserve the air they breathe." more from Fox News Tampa