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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 2/18/2015 

 PCSO Computer Crimes Detectives Charge Lakeland Man with 20 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography 


Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes detectives arrested a Lakeland man on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, charging him with 20 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  43-year-old Alvin Thomas Sansom, Jr., Providence Road, Lakeland, is currently being held without bond at the Polk County Jail.

After receiving information Sansom was downloading and sharing pornographic images of young children via the Internet, detectives obtained a search warrant for Sansom’s residence.

At approximately 3:30 on Tuesday, detectives executed the search warrant and conducted an on-scene preview of a computer found running at the residence.  Detectives located 20 video files on the computer depicting child pornography - the youngest child involved appeared to be four-years-old.   Sansom admitted to intentionally downloading and viewing videos of child pornography telling detectives he knew it was “wrong.” 

Detectives will conduct a full forensic examination of all electronic devices seized during the search - additional charges are anticipated. 

Sansom had access to two young children, both under the age of eight – PCSO Special Victims detectives interviewed the two children.  No abuse was reported. The Department of Children and Families was notified of the arrest and Sansom’s access to the children.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sansom has been in the Polk County jail six times previously with charges that include Driving Under the Influence (1996 and 2012), Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug paraphernalia (2006), Battery Domestic Violence (2003), and Retail Theft (1994).