Bartow man arrested on 40 counts of child porn

7:42 PM, Mar 15, 2014   |    comments
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Bartow, Florida -- A Bartow man has been arrested after deputies found 40 images of child porn on his laptop.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, a family member told detectives that 61-year-old Homer Dewayne Rudd was viewing child pornography on the laptop and gave it to detectives. After a forensic investigation, detectives reportedly found two images of child pornography related to pre-pubescent girls between 4-7 years old.

Rudd later admitted to detectives he used the laptop to view websites that contained child porn over the last 14-16 months and called it a "problem" he has. He said the age range of exploited children he viewed was between 8 and 16 years of age.

Rudd allegedly told detectives did not download or save the images, but would view them on the websites and visit them regularly, while also using search engines to locate child pornography.

Rudd also told detectives he has a leadership position within Lake Hamilton Baptist Church.

Rudd was arrested and initially charged with 2 counts of Possessing Child Pornography. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the laptop, however, and discovered an additional 38 images of Child Pornography, bringing the total charges to 40 counts.

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