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Wed. July 18, 2012 | Laura Keeley | Email

Court date set for ex-Jefferson baseball player facing child porn charges

Former Jefferson baseball player Alex Iglesias, charged with two felonies involving possession of child pornography, will appear in court Aug. 8 for an initial deposition. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and Iglesias may have to register as a sex offender.

Following an investigation that lasted nearly five months, Iglesias, 18, was arrested June 19 and charged with possession of photos depicting sex with a child and possession of child pornography. According to a release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, some of the images contained children 12 years or younger engaged in sexual activities. Iglesias spent seven hours in jail before posting a $5,000 bond through Fisher Bail Bonds.

On Jan. 25, detectives with the Internet Predator Unit executed a court-authorized search warrant at Iglesias’ 2714 Tampa Bay Boulevard residence. They took with them two computers, a cell phone, a camera and several CDs and DVDs. Iglesias later admitted to possessing the child pornography.

Larry McKinnon, a spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, said Wednesday that Jefferson High was not aware Iglesias was under investigation.

“We don’t notify anyone in the middle of an investigation,” said McKinnon, adding that these types of investigations normally take months to complete. “If there’s nothing to it, we don’t want to damage someone’s credibility.”

Jefferson baseball coach Pop Cuesta also was unaware of the investigation, which was conducted during the season.

“I was very surprised because he had always been a real good kid, both school-wise and on the field, he was respectful,” the long-time coach said. “We never had any problems with him, so it was kind of a shock.”

Iglesias does not have any prior arrests in Hillsborough County. A catcher who played at Jefferson his junior and senior years, Iglesias hit .367 last season with two doubles, six runs scored and 11 RBIs, fourth highest on the team.

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