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Sarasota man had hundreds of child porn images on his phone, police say

Joseph Leuvano
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Published: Jul. 14, 2021 at 9:51 AM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A Sarasota condominium security guard is in jail after a tip led police to find hundreds of images and videos of child pornography stored on his phone, authorities said.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children was informed by the social media network Facebook that they intercepted conversations and file transfers from Facebook Messenger accounts that contained child pornography. The Center confirmed the files contained illegal images. Facebook tied the accounts to 32-year-old Joseph Leuvano of Sarasota. Based on this evidence, the Sarasota Police Department obtained a search warrant for Leuvano’s home in the 1600 block of Prospect Street.

Armed with the evidence from the Center and Facebook, Leuvano was arrested and charged with four counts of transmission of child pornography by electronic device, the arrest report says.

During the search, detectives found a cellphone in a suitcase in Leuvano’s bedroom. Forensic technicians examining the phone extracted more than 300 images and 250 videos depicting child pornography, sexual battery, bondage and bestiality from the phone, the report said.

On Tuesday, July 13, while Leuvano was in the Sarasota County Jail, he was charged with 40 addition counts of sexual performance by a child--possession of child pornography.

Leuvano remains without bond in the Sarasota County Jail.

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