Child porn sting online leads to New Port Richey man's arrest

NEW PORT RICHEY

Child porn sting leads to man's arrest

An undercover online investigation led to the arrest Monday of a 19-year-old New Port Richey man accused of possessing child pornography. Justin Kyle Collins, 10147 Key Lantern Drive, faces 20 counts — one for each of the images found in a search of his computer. His arrest report, which does not name the arresting agency, says the photos and videos depict children engaged in sex acts with either other children or adults. The report says Collins admitted he downloaded them and knew they were illegal. He said he'd been doing so since age 16. He remained in the Pasco County jail Tuesday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

PORT RICHEY

Threats compound arrest of year ago

A little more than a year ago, just after 2 a.m. on a Saturday, a Port Richey Police officer saw Eric Marusak speeding on U.S. 19 and followed him. Marusak crashed into a pole, and when he climbed out of his car, declared himself "wrecked" — as in drunk, the officer reported. Marusak was put in the back of a patrol car, and according to reports, began thrashing violently, spitting, kicking and threatening to kill the officer. Now the 38-year-old man is accused of calling that Port Richey officer and leaving a message with a fake name. When the officer called him back Jan. 24, Marusak went on a four-minute tirade, according to the report, threatening the officer, calling him a liar and saying he had ruined Marusak's life. Marusak, of New Port Richey, is now charged with threatening a public servant. He remained in the Pasco County jail Tuesday.

SPRING HILL

Ex-New Port Richey cop enters race

A former assistant police chief for the New Port Richey Police Department is the fifth Republican to step into a crowded race for the Hernando County Commission seat held by Rose Rocco. Darryl Garman, 50, pre-filed for the race Monday. A Brooksville native and member of Hernando High School's Class of 1977, Garman retired in October after 25 years with the New Port Richey force. He said he knew then he would probably make a bid for public office in his native county. Garman works part time for Merritt Funeral Home in Brooksville.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Antique Appraisal Fair on Saturday

Greater New Port Richey Main Street will hold an Antique Appraisal Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd. A team of appraisers from the Court of Two Sisters in Tarpon Springs will provide verbal appraisals of fine china, porcelain, crystal, furniture, silver, dolls and toys. The fee is $5 apiece for a maximum of three items. The Downtown Market Day in nearby Railroad Square also will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Child porn sting online leads to New Port Richey man's arrest 02/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 10:01pm]

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