SARASOTA COUNTY - North Port Police say the Department of Homeland Security helped them catch a local man obtaining and transmitting child pornography. The suspect works with kids every day at Atwater Elementary School.
Capt. Anthony Sirianni with the North Port Police says they were recently contacted by the federal agency. "They intercepted a chat and it was about child pornography. They relayed that information to our detectives."
Arrested is 37-year-old Elliot Bullard. He's facing eight counts of possessing child pornography and one count of transmitting it. "We have his computer. There is a forensic scan being done at this time."
Bullard is a computer specialist at the school in North Port. He was hired by the Sarasota County School District in 2005.
The district sent out a statement Monday which reads "In performing his routine duties at school, Mr. Bullard would not have had unsupervised contact with students. The investigation has not indicated that any Sarasota County students were involved in the materials he possessed or that he had any inappropriate contact with our students."
Sirianni says right now there are no concerns. "At this time there is no danger to the children at Atwater Elementary. It did not seem there was at the time of the investigation or previous to that."
Nobody was home at the Bullard residence Monday morning when we stopped by. Neighbors like Edwin Rivera on the quiet Vedado Street say it's unnerving. "I live right next door and I don't even know what is going on. It is disturbing. With everything that goes on nowadays nothing really surprised me."
Law enforcement officials say they could be responsible for some surprises too. "You guys will have this as a very strong message to the community that you will get caught. It is inevitable. There are people watching."
The North Port Police Department says more interviews need to be done, that computer looked through, and that more charges could be coming.
Bullard remains in the Sarasota County jail facing a $90,000 bond on the eight counts.