Deputies: Local repair shop finds child porn on Sarasota man’s phone

Deputies: Local repair shop finds child porn on Sarasota man’s phone

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A Sarasota man who brought his phone to a local repair shop was arrested after employees discovered child pornography.

Detectives say on Monday, while repairing 76-year-old Richard Sundstrom's phone, employees at the repair shop saw images of nude children and alerted the sheriff's office.

A search warrant was executed and detectives say they found 37 images of child pornography. When interview, they say Sundstrom admitted downloading and viewing the photos.

Detectives say Sundstrom told them he had been attracted to girls 14 years and older for the last 10 years and that he did not see anything wrong in his actions, arguing that he did it in his own home and didn’t hurt anyone and describing his philosophy as, “You can look, but you better not touch.”

Sundstrom was profiled by the Herald Tribune in a 2011 article where he’s described as a super fan who goes to almost all of the sports games at Riverview High School. In 2017, he was inducted into the Riverview High School Athletics’ Hall of Fame, an honor normally reserved for athletes but because of his game attendance was described by the Herald Tribune as a “well-deserved exception.”

ABC7 reached out to the Sarasota County School District follow Sundstrom’s arrest about his status in the Hall of Fame and regular attendance at Rams’ game. The district said:

“We are aware that Mr. Sundstrom was a sports fan and attended many athletic events and games at Riverview High School, as do thousands of community members in our county. We are appreciative that local law enforcement partners prioritize cases like this that involve justice for children and families.”

Sundstorm is charged with 37 felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography. He remains in custody without bond while the investigation continues.

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