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Florida Teacher/Coach Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Children trust their teachers and sports coaches. Adults in these roles are often role models to kids and as such, they need to be on their best behavior. This means refraining from criminal activities, especially those involving child pornography.

A teacher who also served as a soccer coach in Florida was recently hit with multiple child porn charges. The 52-year-old man from Dunnellton was recently arrested in Lake County.

The man was arrested on November 23 after the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in early 2021. The agency had traced the transmission of child pornography images to the man’s home.

Investigators searched the man’s home in August, but no child porn images or videos were found, even though the man admitted to viewing child porn. He was, however, arrested for trafficking an unknown controlled substance. The man was held at Citrus County Detention Facility, but he later paid a bond and was released from jail.

However, deputies later located child porn images on electronic devices that the man owned.  On November 22, deputies issued a warrant for the man’s arrest. He is being held in Lake County Jail on a $195,000 bond. He is facing 13 counts of child porn possession.

The man worked in Citrus County as a teacher and community soccer coach, but the school he worked at is unknown.

Exploitation of Children

Child porn is considered a serious crime because it is one that exploits children. The crimes essentially rob victims of their childhood, interfering with their psychological  and emotional development. Child porn and sex trafficking are forms of sexual exploitation that involves the sexual abuse of children for financial gain.

Indeed, child porn brings in a lot of money. It’s a $20 billion industry. It’s not uncommon for someone to make $1,000 a night molesting a child on a live webcam. In the United States, 10 new images, on average, are posted daily. Today, half of all child porn is produced in the United States.

Children of all ages can be impacted by child porn. The threat is very real in the United States, with sexual exploitation common overseas as well. While many people recruit children over the internet, child sexual exploitation can happen on the streets and even in one’s home.

Contact a Legal Professional for Help

It is always upsetting when someone in a leadership role breaks your trust. When someone is involved in child porn, it can cause a lot of embarrassment and make you lose trust in that person.

Child porn charges are serious and can affect your life in many ways. There’s a lot at stake. Florida child pornography lawyer Gilbert A. Schaffnit can provide you with the aggressive representation you need. Schedule a free consultation today by filling out the online form or calling our office at (352) 505-1799.

Resource:

clickorlando.com/news/local/2021/11/23/florida-man-who-worked-as-coach-teacher-arrested-on-child-porn-charges-deputies-say/

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