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Two men, Thomas Wheeler and Edward Freiberger, have been charged with downloading, sharing child porn

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Davenport, Florida -- Polk County Sheriff's detectives added two more people to the jail system as part of the sheriff's office's effort to "investigate anyone participating in this despicable victimization of children", as stated by Sheriff Judd.

The arrests of 46-year-old Thomas Wheeler and 67-year-old Edward Freiberger on Tuesday was the result of an investigation that started with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Once detectives from Osceola realized one of the two men lived in Polk County, they contacted the PCSO and searches were conducted on the men's homes.

Detectives say they found a computer in Wheeler's home, in the 500 block of Fox Loop in Davenport, that contained numerous images of children between 9 and 11 years old engaged in sexual activity.

In an interview with investigators, Wheeler reportedly confessed he had been watching the child porn for several years out of curiosity and he enjoyed viewing the images because of the "innocence" of the children.

Wheeler is retired Master Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force and told detectives currently he works as a security guard at Disney World's Animal Kingdom. He has been charged with 7 counts possession of child pornography and one count distribution of child pornography.

During a search of Freiberger's home, in the 9000 block of Hwy 192 in Clermont, investigators initially found over 60 images of child porn on his computer, in addition to a large collection of child porn saved on DVD's. Detectives say the images recovered were of children as young as 6 months old being sexually battered. 

Also, found at his home was the email, age, clothing description and request for the malt beverage Mike's Hard Lemonade written on a notepad, reportedly for a child he was planning to meet at the Altamont Springs Mall. Freiberger told detectives he hadn't yet met with a child but said he did have sexual conversations with children in online chat rooms.

The sheriff's office says Freiberger gave them a full confession claiming he didn't know it was illegal to download child porn and admitted he got pleasure from watching the sexual battery video.

In addition to the child porn, detectives also removed 5 high-powered rifles, shotguns and handguns from his home.

He has been charged with 60 counts possession of child pornography.

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