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Brandon man charged with 305 counts of possessing child pornography

TAMPA — A Brandon man working as a government contractor in Iraq has been arrested on 305 counts of possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Hillsborough County sheriff's investigators got an arrest warrant for 57-year-old Richard H. Dill Jr. and asked for the marshals' help tracking him down in late April, authorities said.

On Sunday, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Tampa confirmed that Dill was a passenger on Delta Flight 0007 from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to Atlanta, marshals said.

Dill's name was on a federal watch list, and authorities were alerted Saturday when he showed up on the manifest. That gave marshals time to get to the Atlanta airport to meet his plane.

"I think his flight time was 16 or 17 hours," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Ron Lindbak.

Marshals arrested Dill about 6 a.m. Sunday as he got off his plane in Atlanta. They took him to the Fulton County jail to await extradition to Tampa. A judge has set bail for Dill at $2.2 million, according to marshals.

No additional information about what Dill was doing in Iraq was available Sunday. He lives at 2809 Raspberry Place, near Bell Shoals Road, just southeast of Burns Middle School.

On May 4, authorities arrested Dill's roommate and co-defendant, 49-year-old Michael Louis Booth, in Akron, Ohio. Booth left Florida before the warrants were issued, marshals said.

Booth was booked into the Hillsborough County jail early Sunday on three counts of possessing child pornography. His bail was set at $15,000.

Brandon man charged with 305 counts of possessing child pornography 05/16/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 16, 2010 10:09pm]
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