FORT MYERS, FL - June 16, 2020 - According to an online news story posted on News-Press.com, a veteran Collier County Sheriff's deputy was arrested and charged with 100 felony counts of child pornography. The deputy was served a search warrant of his home and evidence confiscated by law enforcement. The news report states that some of the child pornography contained children as young as three years of age. The suspect's arrest report alleges videos found during a search of the home included photos and videos of children with adults engaging in sexual acts, and the children's' ages ranged from 3 to 10-years-old.
The 41-year-old Collier County Sheriff's deputy was arrested at his home on Saturday night. The arrest report alleges that the offenses are mostly unlawfully possessing photos or videos involved in sexual performances by a minor. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is aiding in the child pornography investigation.
According to the news article, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children informed the Collier County Sheriff's Office once it discovered files of underage boys performing sexual acts with each other. The files were being transferred via the suspect's Skype application, and on the suspect's web access account. Then the agency contacted law enforcement. The Collier County Sheriff's Office's arrest report states that the suspect lived alone at his house. As the officers searched the suspect's home, officers discovered a laptop, and the suspect did not speak to the officers about any other person who may have used the device. A thorough inspection of the laptop's content by the Collier County Sheriff's Office, the investigators discovered "numerous images and videos of child pornography," according to the arrest report. The illicit images and videos were discovered in the laptop's user profile titled "Rashaad." The images and videos were found on the laptop's desktop, in the computer's recycle bin, and in a folder called "Porn" inside the download's folder.
According to the news report, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk stated, the legal justice system will decide the consequence of this incident, however, because of the "heinous nature of these allegations," he commanded the termination of the suspect's appointment as a deputy with the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Rambosk stated that he understands and he appreciates that the community demands that if a Sheriff's deputy has been charged with these types of crimes, the Sheriff's Office must take immediate action and terminate the individual from their position of authority, and an individual charged with such crimes shall not receive compensation from the community's tax dollars.
Sheriff Rambosk continued by stating, when someone, including law enforcement officers, commits crimes in Collier County will be arrested and face the legal justice system in accordance with the law.
The suspect's arrest mugshot was not published on the Collier County Sheriff's Office arrest report in accordance with Florida law that disallows its release to the public. At the time of this report, there was no news report concerning the suspect's bail bond statues. The Collier County and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating the case, and no additional information was provided. The suspect may face additional criminal charges.