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Updated: 01/28/2014 04:14:00PM

IT professional arrested for possession of child porn

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man accused of child pornography possession.

According to reports, on Monday, Jan. 27, Polk County Sheriff’s Computer Crimes detectives arrested 33-year-old Daniel Keath of 335 Lake Daisy Loop in Winter Haven after a Department of Probation and parole check, during which probation officers and deputies noticed several computers and digital media in Keath’s home. Reports say Keath is a registered sex offender and has been previously arrested for possession of child pornography. As such, he is subject to warrant-less searches and seizures, and he cannot be in possession of computers or digital images, reports say.

The PCSO says detectives seized more than 100 devices that could contain images. According to reports, detectives previewed one of the devices on-scene, a USB thumb drive, and found a video file on it that depicts the sexual battery of a young girl. The PCSO says Keath admitted that the computers and digital storage devices in his home belong to him, and told detectives the computers were property of Citizen’s Bank in Lake Wales, where he works as an IT professional. Detectives called Keath’s supervisor to the scene to identify the computers.

Reports say Keath was booked into the Polk County Jail for 10 counts violation of probation, and so far one count of possession of child pornography. More charges are pending the results of a more detailed forensic analysis of the items seized from the suspect’s home.

Keath was originally arrested on May 28, 2009, for 51 counts possession of child pornography, according to reports, and the PCSO says he was booked on Feb. 22, 2012, where he was placed on three years’ felony probation and GPS monitoring for the 2009 charges. He was also arrested in February 1994 for battery, domestic violence, and residential burglary.


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