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Clearwater man facing child pornography charges out on bail

CLEARWATER — A 45-year-old Clearwater man, twice accused of sexual improprieties with children but convicted of lesser charges in both cases, is out on bail after being arrested on child pornography and other charges, police say.

Henry Keith Cavaliere was arrested at his Clearwater home Tuesday after detectives found child pornography, marijuana and a handgun, according to authorities. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail early Wednesday after posting $41,000 bail.

Cavaliere is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.

Clearwater police said an investigation began last week after detectives got a tip that Cavaliere was in possession of child pornography. Detectives searched Cavaliere's house on Tuesday and seized a computer tower and laptop, cameras, memory cards, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a 9mm handgun, police said.

A forensic analysis of the seized items is still under way, police said.

An arrest report said that detectives found "hundreds" of image files of child pornography on Cavaliere's laptop hard drive. One of the pictures, which shows the genitals of a girl that appeared to be about 8 or 9 years old, appears to have been taken at Cavaliere's home, the report said.

Records obtained from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show Cavaliere was arrested by Clearwater police in 1995 on a charge of sexual assault against a victim younger than 16 years old. Cavaliere was convicted of a lesser charge of battery in that case and received probation.

In 1997, he was accused of fondling a child in Orange County. That charge was also reduced to battery, for which he was convicted and received one year of probation.

On arrest reports, Cavaliere is listed as self-employed. In a 2003 St. Petersburg Times article, he told a reporter he owned a construction remodeling business.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Clearwater man facing child pornography charges out on bail 04/29/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 8:34pm]

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