Saturday, December 16, 2017
Public safety

Largo man re-arrested on child porn charges

LARGO — Child pornography was found Tuesday on the computer of a 74-year-old man who was arrested June 5 after he tried to arrange to have sex with a minor, police said.

After his arrest, police said, William Casey admitted to other sex crimes that are decades old and told detectives he had child pornography on his computer.

Detectives searched the computer on Tuesday and found six photographs. Casey was arrested again Wednesday and now faces six counts of possession of child pornography.

He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Casey's first arrest came after Largo police Detective Corey Monaghan adopted the persona of a 13-year-old girl's mother and began a "casual online chat" with Casey. Casey "turned the casual conversation into a sexual conversation" and "expressed a strong desire to have sexual relations with Detective Monaghan's persona and the persona's 13-year-old daughter," an arrest report says.

During the chat, he also "stated that he committed a sexual battery of a child in the past."

Casey showed up at Taylor Park in Largo to meet the mother, police said. He was arrested on felony counts of traveling to meet a minor for sex acts and enticing a parent to consent to a sex act with a child.

He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on June 5, but was released on $40,000 bail on those charges.

Police began investigating Casey after his wife, Dorathy, discovered a Yahoo messenger chat on his computer with a user named "nudeteeninga" and reported his activity to police.

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