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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 5/29/2015 

 "Operation Child Shield 2" PCSO Computer Crimes Detectives Arrest 9 Men For Possession of Child Pornography and Other Charges 


During the month of May 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s Computer Crimes detectives served search warrants, and made 9 arrests during an undercover investigation focusing on the promotion, possession, and distribution of child pornography. Eight of the arrests were for possession and distribution of child pornography, and one of the arrests was for lewd molestation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In all, detectives seized 63 computers and devices, and the suspects arrested were charged with a total of 219 felonies and 9 misdemeanor charges so far.

A search warrant was executed at 513 Worchester Court in Lakeland where 21-year-old Daniel Dunfee resides. Detectives received information that an adult male in the home solicited two teenaged girls (14 years old and 16 years old) who live in Illinois to send him nude photos of themselves via the Kik and Snapchat messenger applications. The suspect portrayed himself as someone who also lives in Illinois. The suspect originally made contact with the girls on Instagram and obtained their Kik and Snapchat information, and asked to “trade nude photos and videos” with the victims. After sending nude photos of himself to, and obtaining photos from the young female victims, the suspect then coerced and threatened the victims to send him more photos, or he would post the photos they had already sent to him online.

The victims blocked the suspect from their social media accounts. One of the victims’ fathers reported the incident to the Elgin (IL) Police Department. Detectives with the Elgin (IL) Police Department conducted an investigation and identified the suspect as living in Lakeland, FL, and contacted PCSO. During a post-Miranda interview, Dunfee told detectives he created fake Instagram, Kik and Snapchat accounts in order to communicate with the juvenile victims, and coerced them to send sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves to him. Dunfee was placed under arrest and charged with:

·         19 counts Possession of Child Pornography (F-2)

·         4 counts Transmission of Material Harmful to Minor (F-3)

·         2 counts Use of Computer to Seduce a Child (F-3)

·         1 counts Misrepresenting Age and Use of Computer to Seduce a Child (F-2)

·         2 counts Extortion (F-2)

·         2 counts Criminal Use of Personal Identification (F-3)

·         2 counts Unlawful Use of Two-Way Communication Device (F-3)

 

A search warrant was executed at 90 Lake Daisy Blvd in Winter Haven where 34-year-old James Crawford lives. During the search warrant, detectives seized multiple computers belonging to Crawford. During a preview of the computers, detectives located at least 120 files depicting juveniles as young as 3 years old being sexually battered by adults, and a thumb drive containing over 65,000 images and videos. Detectives also found several firearms in the house, including high-powered rifles; two 9 mm handguns in his car; a large amount of ammunition; marijuana; and paraphernalia. During a post-Miranda interview, Crawford told detectives he was given an “other than honorable” discharge from the U.S. Army for possession of marijuana, avoiding a court-martial; he also told detectives he smokes marijuana every day and has been since being discharged from the military. Crawford was arrested and charged with 120 counts Possession of Child Pornography - Enhanced (F-2), and one count each Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia (M-1). Detectives will conduct a thorough forensic analysis of all equipment seized, and additional charges are pending. He has no previous criminal history.

A search warrant was executed at 5024 Elon Cres (Carlton Arms apartments) in Lakeland, where 55-year-old Arthur F. Lee was temporarily living with family members. During the search warrant, detectives seized a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a tablet, and an external hard drive. During a preview of the computers, detectives located at least two video files depicting prepubescent female children being sexually battered by adult males. During a post-Miranda interview, Lee told detectives he downloaded child pornography depicting children as young as 8-10 years old. Lee was arrested and charged with two counts Possession of Child Pornography (F-2). Detectives will conduct a thorough forensic analysis of all equipment seized, and additional charges are pending. He does not have a previous criminal history.

A search warrant was executed at 168 Redwing Court in Kissimmee where 26-year-old Steven Rivera lives with roommates. During the search warrant, detectives seized a laptop computer belonging to Rivera. During a preview of the laptop detectives located two video files depicting juvenile females 8-10 years old being sexually battered by adult males. During a post-Miranda interview, Rivera told detectives he has been viewing child pornography for years. Rivera was arrested and charged with one count Possession of Child Pornography (F-3) and one count Promotion of Child Pornography (F-2). Detectives will conduct a thorough forensic analysis of all equipment seized, and additional charges are pending. His criminal history includes two arrests in 2007 by PCSO for Petit Theft and Trespassing on School Grounds, and an arrest in 2013 by PCSO for an Orange County Warrant (Grand Theft).

A search warrant was executed at 708 East Oak Avenue in Haines City where 29-year-old Santos Palacios lives with his family. During the search warrant, detectives seized a desktop computer belonging to Palacios. During a preview of the computer, detectives located two video files depicting juvenile females being sexually battered by adult males, that were being distributed (shared with others) by Palacios. They also located one video file on Palacios’ computer depicting an adult male and a prepubescent juvenile female engaged in sexual activity. During a post-Miranda interview, Palacios told detectives he downloaded one video containing child pornography. Palacios was arrested and charged with one count Possession of Child Pornography (F-3) and two counts Promotion of Child Pornography (F-2). Detectives will conduct a thorough forensic analysis of all equipment seized, and additional charges are pending. He does not have a previous criminal history.

A search warrant was executed at 431 Lake Pansy Drive in Winter Haven where 32-year-old Eric Reynolds lives with his parents. During the search warrant, detectives seized a desktop computer belonging to Reynolds. During a preview of the computer, detectives located 25 video files depicting juveniles being sexually battered by adult males. During a post-Miranda interview, Reynolds told detectives he downloaded child pornography, and has been doing so since being released from prison in 2013 for felony battery. Reynolds was arrested and charged with 25 counts Possession of Child Pornography – Enhanced (F-2). Detectives will conduct a thorough forensic analysis of all equipment seized, and additional charges are pending. His criminal history includes a 2004 arrest by PCSO for DWLSR; a 2005 arrest by Bartow PD for Petit Theft; a 2005 and 2006 arrest by PCSO for VOP; a 2006 arrest by Lakeland PD for Marijuana Possession and a Traffic Violation; two 2007 arrests by PCSO for Felony Battery, Marijuana Possession, and Drug Paraphernalia; a 2009 and 2010 arrest by PCSO for VOP.

A search warrant was executed at 334 Lake Reedy Blvd in Frostproof where 63-year-old Roger Coulson lives with his wife. During the search warrant, detectives seized a laptop computer belonging to Coulson. During a preview of the computer, detectives located two video files depicting very young juveniles (ages 4 to 8 years old) being sexually battered by adult males. They also found wiping/erasing software commonly used by suspects in an attempt to delete child pornography. During a post-Miranda interview, Coulson told detectives he used to download and view child pornography in the 90s. Coulson was arrested and charged with one count Possession of Child Pornography (F-3) and two counts Promotion of Child Pornography (F-2). Detectives will conduct a thorough forensic analysis of all equipment seized, and additional charges are pending. He has no previous criminal history. Coulson’s wife Barbara was also arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia after detectives located marijuana in the home and she told detectives she takes it for medicinal purposes.

A search warrant was executed at 5550 Lily Court in Lakeland where 24-year-old William Humphrey lives. During the search warrant, detectives seized a desktop computer belonging to Humphrey. During a preview of the computer, detectives located at least one file depicting a juvenile being sexually battered by adult males. During a post-Miranda interview, Humphrey told detectives he has been viewing child pornography since his pre-teen years and that he gains sexual gratification from it. He told detectives that he views videos depicting children as young as 3 and 4 years old, and that lately he was looking to view even more violent images. Humphrey was arrested and charged with one count Promotion of Child Pornography (F-2). Detectives will conduct a thorough forensic analysis of all equipment seized, and additional charges are pending. He has no previous criminal history.

On May 16, 2015, PCSO deputies arrested 22-year-old Richard Murray of 11035 Rockridge Rd in Lakeland, for one count Lewd Molestation and two counts Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Around 3:00 a.m. that morning, Murray arranged to pick up a 15-year-old girl from her friend’s house in Lakeland and took her to the East Lake Parker Drive area, where they engaged in lewd activity. Murray had been communicating with, and exchanging sexually explicit images with, the victim via email. During a search of Murray’s vehicle, detectives found 2.7 grams of marijuana and he was additionally charged with one count Possession of Cannabis. During a forensic analysis of Murray’s cell phone, detectives found over 100 nude and sexually explicit images, at least 30 of which depicted children, including the victim. Murray was additionally charged with 30 counts Possession of Child Pornography.  His criminal history includes a 2014 arrest by Lakeland PD for Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia.