45-year-old Sarasota man arrested on possession of child pornography

45-year-old Sarasota man arrested on possession of child pornography
45 year old man arrested for possessing child pornography (Source: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office charged a 45-year-old man with multiple counts of possession of child pornography on Wednesday.

From Nov. 28, 2017 until May 26, 2019, investigators say am IP belonging to Thomas Peltier’s home were used to download, possess and in some cases to even share images and videos of child pornography through the BitTorrent file sharing network.

Law enforcement says that they first obtained a video of child pornography directly from a computer utilizing Peltier’s Frontier service on Feb. 28, 2018. Unlawful activity allegedly continued to observed involving Peltier’s Frontier service until May 26 of this year. A warrant was issued to search his residence on the 4900 block of Dorothy Avenue in Sarasota and his electronic devices on July 5.

The sheriff’s office says Peltier was read his Miranda Rights and the search warrant and he agreed to speak with law enforcement. In a post-Miranda audio/video recorded interview, investigators say Peltier denied downloading or viewing any type of child pornography. He reportedly stated that he had watched regular adult pornography and sometimes disgusting things would pop up, which he would immediately delete.

Deputies say Peltier also admitted to illegally downloading movies such as “Avengers,” and that sometimes other movies would be in the file, which he would immediately delete. He reportedly admitted that he was the only person using the computer and he utilized the program, U-Torrent. He also allegedly acknowledged that he was aware that he was sharing files.

During a scan of his computer, a detective was able to locate numerous files that had the file name of “Adry." This is a title that is consistent with child pornography.

Peltier was taken into custody and charged with five counts of transmission of child pornography by an electronic device.

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