Date: June 23, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:
Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager 
Winter Haven Man Arrested On 155 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography

Following a month-long investigation by members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes Unit, a Winter Haven man was arrested this weekend on child pornography charges.

Jerry Wayne Bates, DOB 7/21/71, of 319 Kendall Drive in Winter Haven, was arrested Saturday, June 21, 2003, on a warrant charging 155 counts of Possession of a Photo of Sexual Performance by a Child.

Detectives received information that the suspect was in possession of child pornography, prompting an investigation. During the investigation, detectives discovered at least 155 images of child pornography on the suspect's computer.

The investigation is continuing.

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