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PCSO Computer Crimes Unit Charge Five For Possession of Child Pornography


Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) charged five suspects for possession of child pornography after receiving tips from the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children (NCMEC) that the suspects were possibly transmitting or downloading the harmful images and videos. Detectives served search warrants at the five suspects’ houses and seized all of their digital devices for further analysis. Each suspect faces additional charges if more illegal content is found.
 
“We are thankful for our partnership with NCMEC. By combining our resources, we are able to take criminals who prey on our children off the street. Please, if you see something while you are online or on mobile apps, say something. Contact your local law enforcement agency or go to NCMEC’s CyberTipline at https://report.cybertip.org/ to report suspicious online activity.”Grady Judd, Sheriff
 
29-year-old Kevin Hairston of Lakeland was arrested and charged with one count promoting a sexual performance by a child (F2), and 10 counts of enhanced possession of child pornography (F2) after an on-scene preview of his devices, during which detectives found 10 images and videos of children as young as 2-years-old being sexually battered. Hairston told detectives that over the last couple of years he has actively searched for child pornography online. He is being held in the Polk County Jail on $55,000 bond ($5,000 per charge).
 
19-year-old Felipe Ortiz of Bartow was arrested and charged with six counts of possession of child pornography (F3) after an on-scene preview of his devices, during which detectives found images of children as young as 10-years-old being sexually battered. He is being held in the Polk County Jail on $60,000 bond ($10,000 per charge).
 
21-year-old Deamontavese Sanders of Lakeland was arrested and charged with one count promoting a sexual performance by a child (F2), and two counts of possession of child pornography (F3) after an on-scene preview of his devices, during which detectives found two images and videos of children as young as 7-years-old being sexually battered. Sanders told detectives that in addition to using Discord, he has shared child pornography on Kik. He told detectives he is employed at Harvey’s Supermarket (1305 Ariana St. W.) in Lakeland. Sanders was released after paying a $10,000 bond.
 
18-year-old Juan Valdez of Haines City was arrested and charged with one count transmission of child pornography (F2), and 200 counts of enhanced possession of child pornography (F2) after an on-scene preview of his devices, during which detectives found 200 images and videos of children as young as 2-years-old being sexually battered. Valdez told detectives that he has been viewing child pornography since he was a freshman in high school and is currently a senior at Ridge Community High School. He was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
 
Additionally, detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of 39-year-old Jianchai Chen of Winter Haven. Chen is charged with one count transmission of child pornography (F2), and 132 counts of enhanced possession of child pornography (F2) after an on-scene preview of his devices, during which detectives found 132 images and videos of children as young as 5-years-old being sexually battered. Chen is currently in China where he lives part time with his wife and children. When in the United States, he works at Lucky Wok restaurant in Lake Wales.
 
The images did not appear to depict local Polk County children, but the investigation is ongoing to identify them.
 
The felony child porn charges are upgraded (enhanced) if the suspect possesses 10 or more images of child pornography and at least one image contains any of the following criteria:
·        Image depicts a child younger than the age of 5
·        Image depicts sadomasochistic abuse of a child
·        Image depicts sexual battery of a child
·        Image depicts sexual bestiality involving a child
·        Any movie involving a child

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