Two Child Pornography Arrests in St Johns County | Crime

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Two Child Pornography Arrests in St Johns County
Two Child Pornography Arrests  in St Johns County

Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit arrested two St. Johns County men in unrelated child pornography charges over the past 24 hours. The first suspect, identified as Frank Douglas Pritchard, 40, a former Corrections Officer for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, was located in Alachua County Wednesday evening by U.S. Marshal’s and taken into custody. The second, identified as William Hardy Moore Jr., 49, 4709 Avenue B, was arrested today (Thursday) after a search
warrant was executed at his home.

A computer belonging to Pritchard was turned in after witnesses discovered photographs of alleged child pornography. The investigation revealed that he was in possession of 113 files of alleged child porn and an arrest warrant was issued. He was located Wednesday in Gainesville where he was charged with ten counts of possession and one count of compiling and collecting child pornography. He was booked into the County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $220,000.

Through investigative techniques, detectives learned that Moore was in possession of alleged child pornography and a search warrant was issued for his home and computer. The suspect admitted to possessing child pornography and was charged with ten counts of possession. He is being held in the St. Johns County Jail on no bond pending a first appearance hearing Friday morning.

At the present time, Florida Statute 119.071(4)(d) 1.a., contains a specific exemption that withholds certain information intended to protect current and former law enforcement officers. This exemption includes the photograph and home address of past or present law enforcement or correction officers that have been arrested provided that officer has filed a written request for confidentiality. St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar said today he certainly agrees with the intent of the law to protect a hard working officer, however “it is fundamentally flawed that an officer can shield themselves from the public should they choose to break the law.” Sheriff Shoar added, “I would like to see the Florida Legislature amend that law if an officer is arrested and charged with a felony.”


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