Trashed cell phone leads to child porn charges for Michael Allen Wright, of Lakeland

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Lakeland, Florida -- A neighborhood filled with young children was angry to hear their neighbor has been accused of 15 counts of child pornography.

Polk County Sheriff's deputies said 22-year-old Michael Allen Wright was in jail on domestic battery charges one week ago in late November.

It happened at his stepmother Julie Wright's home off Reynolds Road in Lakeland. His family there threw his things out into five garbage bags in front of a different family's home, his aunt's home, along Skyview Drive. Michael Wright also stayed at a place across the street from that on Country Club Lane. 

Sheriff Grady Judd said a neighbor, Loretta Kinman, who lives down the road from Wright's aunt on Skyview, asked if she could sift through Wright's trash. The family gave her permission to take it.  Wright came out of jail and found out Kinman had his belongings, he asked for it back. 

Kinman gave him three of the five bags, according to Judd. He also said she forgot she had two more bags. Inside one of those is where she found a broken cell phone.

"Out of curiosity, I guess, she put the SD card from his phone into her phone and saw the child pornography," said Judd. "It was the most horrific nasty, filthy stuff that you can imagine. Some of the children were only 18 months old. Some were three years old. It was exceptionally graphic and on one occasion it was sex between an adult and child, a very young child. Other pictures were of himself, and there was a video of himself behaving inappropriately."

Judd was pleased she told her friend who called detectives. 

"This is how we get crimes solved, our community sees something and then says something," said Judd. "Michael initially denied the child porn on his cell phones and then admitted to it. And Michael during his confession said, 'Well, I know I shouldn't have done it. It made me sick too and I know I am going to state prison." 

The investigation continues as to whether Wright knew these children personally or downloaded the images from the Internet. Judd said he told them he downloaded them from the Internet.  

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