Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dunedin chef accused of making child porn of 3-year-old

Steven Edward Speer will have a bond hearing Friday.

Steven Edward Speer will have a bond hearing Friday.

TAMPA — A Pinellas County chef faces federal child pornography charges after admitting to an FBI agent that he made sexually explicit videos of a 3-year-old girl he was babysitting, authorities said.

The criminal complaint against Steven Edward Speer, 27, contains excerpts from online chat messages, purportedly sent under Speer's user names, that graphically describe "training" a 3-year-old to perform a sex act.

Speer was arrested late Tuesday after the FBI searched his Clearwater residence.

FBI Special Agent William B. Jones stated in an affidavit that Speer admitted to the production, transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography and to having stored the images on two cellphones and a laptop computer.

He shared his own productions on the Internet so that he could get access to other people's porn, the affidavit states.

"He admitted that these images and other child pornography images he had downloaded and possessed were sexually gratifying to him," the agent wrote.

Speer's Facebook page states that he attended Largo High School, studied culinary arts at the Pinellas Technical Educational Centers, and worked at the Dunedin Golf Club and Fish Tail Willy's before starting as a chef at Kelly's Chic-a-Boom Room in Dunedin this year.

"We don't support or condone any type of illegal behavior," Kelly's manager Jean Etjeke said Wednesday. "It's not what we want to represent as an establishment."

Speer was held in the Pinellas County Jail, pending a bond hearing Friday before Magistrate Judge Anthony E. Porcelli in U.S. District Court in Tampa.

Patty Ryan can be reached at pryan@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3382.

Dunedin chef accused of making child porn of 3-year-old 11/06/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 11:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Offense gets some juggling

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The night after scoring six runs to emerge from what had been a historically fallow offensive stretch seemed like an odd time to make changes to the lineup, but that was exactly what the Rays did for Wednesday's late game against the Blue Jays.

    Associated Press
  2. Dunedin man accused of possessing child pornography

    Crime

    DUNEDIN — A 57-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, accused of intentionally downloading child pornography, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

    Richard Beal Anger, 57, of Dunedin faces 11 counts of possession of child pornography. [Courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  3. Pence cuts short Latin America trip and pressures Chile to sever all ties to North Korea

    Politics

    SANTIAGO, Chile — Vice President Mike Pence is cutting short his Latin America trip by one day to return to Washington for a strategy meeting Friday at Camp David with President Donald Trump and the national security team.

    Vice President Mike Pence urged Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to take a tougher stand against North Korea on Wednesday in Santiago, Chile.
  4. Big Ben backlash: Plan to silence beloved bell under review

    World

    LONDON — British Parliament officials said Wednesday they will review plans to silence Big Ben during four years of repairs after senior politicians criticized the lengthy muting of the beloved bell.

  5. UF's move to deny white nationalist Richard Spencer a venue sets up a First Amendment court fight

    College

    In denying a notorious white nationalist his request to speak on campus, the University of Florida has brought a thorny legal battle to Gainesville in the name of keeping its students safe.

    Legal experts say the University of Florida will have an uphill battle in court proving that fears of violence from an appearance by white nationalist Richard Spencer will override the First Amendment. "There's a fine line between inciting lawlessness and engendering a situation where lawlessness arises," said Peter Lake, higher education law professor at Stetson University College of Law. [Getting Images]