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Collier County teen arrested on child porn charges

Reporter: Lauren Leslie Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday in Collier County after detectives say they found multiple files of child pornography on their Snapchat and Dropbox accounts.

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said, “This is a horrendous and upsetting crime and our detectives have put an end to it.”

The investigation started months ago. The teen is charged with 25 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography with intent to promote.

CCSO said between February and April they received four cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the possible transmission of child pornography in Collier County.

“Getting this young man looking at child pornography that within itself is a serious charge but him potentially transmitting these images on to other people that even ramps it up even higher,” Rich Kolko said.

The tips were reported to NCMEC by Snapchat and Dropbox.

“They get tips from social media apps noticing that people are doing this crime pass it on to law-enforcement and in this case it worked out perfectly,” Kolko said.

CCSO said the files depicted children younger than 12 engaged in sexual activity with adults and other children.

An investigation by the Special Crimes Bureau detectives determined the files were being transmitted from the teen’s residence.

A search warrant was later executed at the residence which indicated the teen created the Snapchat and Dropbox accounts and was using them to transmit child pornography.