Former Ed Smith spring training announcer going to prison for child porn

Child Porn Arrest

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Edward “Big Ed” Peteja, the former spring training announcer at Ed Smith Stadium and a former youth baseball coach, is going to prison for child porn.

Petejka was convicted of 21 counts of possession of child porn in September this year following a three-day trial. He was sentenced Tuesday to 21 years in prison. When he’s released, he’ll be on sex offender probation for 15 years and required to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet so his location is always monitored.

The 61-year-old Sarasota resident was arrested last year after deputies executed a search warrant at his home and found computers, flash drives and CDs containing child porn. The child porn was found after Peteja’s roommate found a camera hidden in a vent in the bathroom and called authorities.

“'Big Ed’s’ conviction for these horrible crimes should remind us all that not everyone is who they appear to be,” said Assistant State Attorney Ryan Felix.

Peteja was the public address announcer at Ed Smith Stadium for 14 years before retiring in 2004. He was also a sports director at WTMY and a youth baseball coach for decades.

Back in 2005, Peteja was given probation after being arrested for video voyeurism. In that case, he secretly recorded teenagers having sex in his bedroom and children changing clothes in his bathroom.

He was working as a disc jokey at WKLV at the time of his most recent arrest.

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