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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wilder, Scott

 
News Date: 7/19/2012 

 Postal Worker and Roommate Arrested on Child Pornography Charges 


42-year-old David Scheib, a United States Postal Worker (Florence Villa Post Office), who is currently on felony probation for unauthorized computer access, was arrested Wednesday (07/18/12), and charged with 50 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Violation of Probation.  The probation is related to a plea bargain for a prior arrest on 6/16/09 for Possession of Child Pornography.  Scheib resides at 4779 Elon Crescent, Lakeland.

43-year-old Michael E. Reynolds, Scheib’s roommate (4779 Elon Crescent, Lakeland) was also arrested on 07/18/12, and charged with 11 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

On Wednesday morning, (07/18/12) Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives served a search warrant at 4779 Elon Crescent, Lakeland in reference to David Scheib possibly downloading child pornography.  During the execution of the search warrant, Scheib was not home.  Detectives made contact with his roommate, Michael Reynolds.  Reynolds told deputies that Scheib was house sitting for a friend and had not been home since Friday, July 13, 2012. While conducting a forensic preview of computers located in the residence, detectives found numerous images of child pornography on Reynolds' desk top computer.  Reynolds was arrested and charged with 11 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Later on Wednesday, detectives went to the Florence Villa Post Office and made contact with Scheib.  Scheib confirmed he was house sitting, provided the address, then refused to answer any questions and requested an attorney.

A search warrant was issued for 9 Lake Arrow Head Drive, Winter Haven where Scheib was house sitting.  During the execution of the search warrant, his computer was recovered and a forensic preview was conducted.  Based on the initial review, more than 1,500 files depicting child pornography were found—over 500 of these were videos.  Fifty files were viewed and confirmed to be child pornography.  Scheib was charged with 50 counts of Possession of Child Pornography as well as Violation of Probation.

The images viewed on Scheib's computer were of nude boys and girls from the ages of approximately 2 months to teenager engaged in sex acts and/or images that focused on the children’s genitals.  Images found on Reynolds’ computer were of pre-pubescent girls, less than 10-years-old, posed in lewd positions with the focus of the images on their genitals, and images of pre-pubescent girls engaged in sex acts.

 The investigation continues, and more charges may be forthcoming for both suspects.

 David Scheib W/M, 2/19/1970

4779 Elon Crescent

Lakeland, FL

Charges: Possession of Child Pornography (50 Counts)

 

 Michael E. Reynolds W/M, 9/12/68

779 Elon Crescent

Lakeland, FL

Charges: Possession of Child Pornography (11 Counts)