Teen charged with 48 counts of child porn

August 4, 2009 by  
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL — Sixteen-year-old Robert Livingston faces 48 counts of child porn.

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Robert Livingston

Detectives traced an IP address to his parents home. According to court documents, Livingston told them he started downloading the files last December.

A judge set Livingston’s bond at 500 dollars for each count. He is to have no access to any computer or children. He is under house arrest except to attend school.

Livingston will be a junior at Dwyer High School. The PBC School District says at this time it is unclear if he would be allowed in the general population of the school.

Reported by: Katie Brace

Source: Wptv.com

Gregory L Cecere arrested for Child Pornography

July 31, 2009 by  
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July 29th, 11:38 p.m., Gregory L Cecere – Charge(s): 827.071  Obscene Material-Possess-Poss Photograph Of Sexual Performance By Child.

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Gregory L Cecere

Source: Palm Beach County Sheriff Booking

Matthew Takahasi Charged with 99 Counts of Child Porn

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A Boynton Beach man was charged today with 99 counts of child pornography after authorities said they found more than 500 images of child pornography on his computer.

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Matthew Takahasi, 34, confessed that he had at least 100 videos of children engaging in sexual acts, according to the Palm Beach County State’s Attorney’s Office. A detective from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office linked Takahasi to the child pornography as part of an undercover investigation by tracing the I.P. address of a Web site in which child pornography was seen.

The arrest arose from a joint investigation by the Special Victims Unit of the State Attorney’s Office, the Boynton Beach Police Department, the Boca Raton Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office which uses a sophisticated computerized data-mining and tracking program to identify, investigate and prosecute so called “super-predators.”

Takahasi was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison for each count.

Boca Raton teenager Eric S. Zelesnick Arrested for Child Porn

June 19, 2009 by  
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Boca Raton teenager Eric S. Zelesnick has been arrested and charged with eleven counts of child porn.

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The arrest comes after a joint investigation by the Special Victims Unit and the Boynton Beach Police Department. These units use a sophisticated computerized data-mining and tracking program to identify, investigate and prosecute “super-predators” who are abusing child victims in Palm Beach County.

Zelesnick,19, was charged with 11 Counts of Possession of Material Depicting Sexual Performance of a Child; all are third degree felonies which carry a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.

The probable cause affidavit says that videos on Zelesnick’s computer showed adults having sex with prepubescent children.

At his first appearance, Zelesnick’s bond was set at $25,000 and he must have no access to computers, PDA’s or any devices that would be capable of going online.  Additionally, if the defendant is released on bond, he must report to house arrest within 48 hours.

West Palm employee probe finds e-mails, porn and trysts

December 30, 2008 by  
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WEST PALM BEACH — Some city employees spent hours on porn sites, while others e-mailed ethnic jokes or racist photos. For others, the offense was forwarding religious inspirational e-mails to colleagues.

For the city, it added up to one thing: misusing government equipment on idle or offensive pursuits.

Employment records provided by the city Tuesday show that its ongoing inquiry into computer misuse, which began six months ago, has led to four firings, nine resignations, one suspension and three reprimands. All the employees recently received training in respecting co-workers and most also attended sessions in e-mail liability and workplace harassment, city spokesman Peter Robbins said.

Two of those reprimanded work in human resources, the department conducting the investigation.

Two of those fired, Larry Brown, a public utilities operations coordinator, and Kendrick Crawford, a public works code enforcement officer, were investigated for misuse of city vehicles and that led to discovery of offensive e-mails, according to investigators.

Brown used a city car for a romantic interlude with another employee, Patrice Robinson, investigators alleged. Brown was fired; Robinson quit.

Crawford used his city car for a lunch break outside the city limits, “for sexual interaction,” according to investigators. Further investigation showed improper Internet use, his personnel file stated.

Steven Strong, a wastewater plant operator, was fired Dec. 17 after the city cited him with “gross misconduct” and “excessive loss of normal working hours.” His termination letter said that from June through early November, he spent more than 20 hours on the Internet, including 64,853 hits on Web sites. Printouts in his personnel file show that much of it was porn.

Patricia Daniels, a secretary, was fired Nov. 6 for sending office e-mails that included racial and ethnic jokes.

The punishments were determined by the nature of the offense and were not related to city budget restraints, officials said.

Darlene Snowball, a purchasing agent, for example, allegedly had used her city computer to send religious materials; she was reprimanded. Melva Brewster, a parks and recreation secretary, spent an “enormous” number of hours on the Internet, an investigator alleged; she got a three-day suspension in November.

Some of the employees who were fired or resigned are taking legal action, through union representation or lawyers. Diane Phillips, who resigned rather than be fired, said she has requested powerhouse Stuart lawyer Willie Gary to represent her; she hasn’t heard back. Another lawyer said he didn’t think he could help, she said.

Phillips conceded that she’d sent a couple of e-mails with religious jokes “to the same two people I’ve always sent e-mails to, but nothing anyone got insulted over.” The city overreacted and treated employees unevenly, she said.

“I have received nothing but excellent reviews in the 19 years I was employed with the city and I made a stupid mistake, but it appears they chose who they wanted to keep on and who they didn’t,” she said.

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