November 9, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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Crimes Unit Busts Child Porn File Server
Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes detectives and U.S. Customs agents
arrested a Lakeland man Wednesday afternoon for distributing child
pornography to Germany via the Internet.
Patrick John Dedeo, DOB 8/5/82, of 5555 New
Tampa Highway in Lakeland, was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, and
charged with 1 count of Distribution of Images Depicting the Sexual
Performance by a Child (2nd Degree Felony) and 3 counts of
Possession of Images Depicting the Sexual Performance by a Child (
In march of this year, U.S. Customs agents contacted the PCSO Computer
Crimes Unit after receiving a request for assistance from the German
National Police in Wiesbedan, Germany concerning a computer in Polk
County, Florida that was being used to distribute child pornography.
Members of Operation Kinderschuz, a multi-national effort to combat
computer child pornography, had obtained images of children engaging in
sexual conduct from an F server on a computer in Polk County. A subsequent
investigation by the PCSO and U.S. Customs revealed that the computer
belonged to Patrick John Dedeo of 5555 New Tampa Highway in Lakeland, FL.
PCSO Computer Crimes detectives and U.S. Customs agents seized the
computer in July 2001 after determining that the server was no longer
active on the Internet. With the assistance of Bradford Copley,
Assistant State Attorney, PCSO detectives and U.S. Customs agents were
able to obtain a search warrant for the computer's contents. Further
examination of the computer revealed that Dedeo's computer was in fact the
computer that had been accessed by the German National Police for
delivering child pornography.
In all, the PCSO worked with U.S. Customs, the German National Police, the
Central Florida Child Exploitation Task Force, and Interpol (International
Criminal Police Organization). This type of multi-agency effort is
not the first time that the PCSO has worked with federal and international
agencies to stop the distribution of child pornography.