SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Police have arrested a 47-year-old Sarasota man on 40 counts of possession of child pornography and say additional charges are possible.
Detectives say they received a tip in October 2019 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about two images that were reviewed and confirmed as child pornography.
According to police reports, the images were traced back to a rooming home in the 3500 block of Tangier Terrace where a total of five different people live in different bedrooms. Police say that a search warrant was signed by a judge for the entire property on January 15, and a search warrant was executed on Tuesday around 7:30 a.m.
Police say that when they entered the bedroom where the photos were directly traced to, Scott Johnston was there standing at his computer as if he was tampering with something.
According to reports, police asked Johnston if he had any Google accounts and he wrote them down on a notepad and also gave them the passwords to his computer, phone and tablet. Police say he confessed to searching for child pornography and they found over 100 images on his devices.
Detectives say they do not currently believe that any of the children in the images are local children.
Police say that they also conducted interviews with everyone else in the home and they say that they were not aware about what was going on and were shocked about why police were at the house.
Anyone with any information about this case should call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-263-6067 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at this website.