Monday, January 22, 2018
Public safety

Florida Hospital worker, wife face child porn charges

TAMPA — Deputies arrested a man and wife accused of possessing and sharing child pornography with the man's coworkers at Florida Hospital, officials said.

Maxwell Kwaku Owusu Asubonteng, 28, was at work at Florida Hospital on Thursday when he received a message on his cell phone from his wife, Adjoa Frimpo Owusu Asubonteng, 28, deputies said. The message contained a video depicting a 4-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl engaged in sexual acts, officials said.

Maxwell Asubonteng, a material technician whom hospital officials said has no contact with patients, proceeded to show the video around to his colleagues, deputies said. It's believed at least three Florida Hospital employees were invited to watch the video.

Asubonteng then sent the video along to several other people using his cell phone, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. One of the hospital's employees reported the incident, deputies said.

Deputies arrested him at the hospital Thursday. After he was read his rights, officials said, Asubonteng told investigators he had received the video from his wife.

A search of Adjoa Asubonteng's cell phone revealed that she, too, possessed the video, deputies said. She told investigators she had sent the video to her husband and two other individuals, officials said.

Husband and wife were charged with possession of child pornography and two counts of distributing child pornography.

Florida Hospital is cooperating with the Sheriff's Office in an ongoing investigation.

"We have a zero-tolerance policy for this type of behavior, and we take allegations like this very seriously," hospital spokeswoman Jennifer McVan said. "Our No. 1 priority, as always, is the health, safety and well-being of our patients."

Florida Hospital declined to comment further.

Both husband and wife remained in jail Friday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Marissa Lang can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3386 or on Twitter @Marissa_Jae.

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