Sheriff: Palmetto man arrested over child pornography photos

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MANATEE COUNTY - Detectives have arrested a Palmetto man after they say he was connected to pornographic photos of a 14-year-old.

42-year-old Paul Ventre was arrested Wednesday on 20 charges of Sexual Performance of a Child, and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, a memory card of photos was turned in to authorities in May containing pornographic images of a minor.

Detectives later identified Ventre as a suspect, and the minor as a 14-year-old female.  Ventre was arrested Wednesday and a search warrant was performed on his residence.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the sheriff's office at (941) 747-3011, ext. 1970, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.