Date: January 22, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

R Kelly Arrested in Miami on Polk Warrant

Pop R&B entertainer R. Kelly was arrested today, January 22, 2003, in Miami, Florida, on a Polk County warrant for 12 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives, with the assistance of Miami-Dade Police officers, arrested Robert Sylvester Kelly (AKA R. Kelly) at approximately 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003) in the parking lot of the Grand Bay Hotel, located at 2669 Bayshore Blvd in Coconut Grove, where he has been staying.  Kelly, DOB 1/8/67, was arrested without incident and will be booked in at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Facility, located at 72nd Ave & 43rd St NW in Miami.  Bond is set at $12,000 ($1,000 per count).

The charges stem from a Polk County Sheriff's Office investigation following the discovery of child pornography images during a search of Kelly's Davenport residence - located at 704 Golf Course Parkway in the Ridgewood Lakes subdivision in Davenport - last June (that search was conducted during his initial arrest in Polk County on Chicago charges of  Child Pornography).  At that time, two search warrants were executed at the residence, and 12 digital images were located which depicted sexual activity by a female who was under 18 years of age. Several images also depicted Kelly involved in sexual conduct with the female minor.

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