Investigators: Sarasota man possessed child pornography on his computer

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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 3:12 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who they say downloaded hundreds of videos and images depicting children as young as seven engaged in sexual acts.

51-year-old John Dickie has been charged with 50 counts of Possession: Sexual Performance by a Child. 

According to the sheriff's office, investigators determined the IP address for Dickie's apartment in Vintage Grand on Palmer Ranch was used to download 504 files that were previously identified as child pornography.

Detectives obtained a search warrant, which was executed Wednesday morning. Detectives conducted a preliminary computer forensic scan and found 63 child pornography images that included file titles identifying the subject matter and ages of the children as pre-teens.

Dickie is charged with Because at least one of the pornographic images contains sexual battery of a child, it meets the criteria for an enhancement to a second degree felony.

He admitted to investigators that he downloaded the images using a file sharing program, and knew that what he did was wrong.

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