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New Port Richey man to spend 6 years in prison for child porn

TAMPA — A 64-year-old New Port Richey man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for receiving child pornography on the Internet.

Walter With pleaded guilty in January to one count of receiving child pornography. Federal Judge James D. Whittemore on Thursday sentenced With and ordered a lifetime of supervision after his release from prison.

According to court documents, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents discovered that With had subscribed to Web sites featuring child pornography. When they searched his house, agents discovered With had numerous images of child pornography on his computer.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For information about the project, visit www.projectsafechild hood.gov.

MOON LAKE

Driver tries to ram cruisers

When deputies tried to pull over a black Chevy Camaro at 4:30 Friday morning, the driver tried to ram their cruisers, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say the driver of the car was Matthew Loudner Tolentino, a 23-year-old from New Port Richey, who, until that morning, had never been arrested in Florida.

Deputies tried to stop his car because it had a missing tag and was near the scene of a burglary.

A report says Tolentino accelerated toward a deputy on foot, who had to dive into his patrol car "barely avoiding certain injury or death."

A member of the Sheriff's Explorer post was in that patrol car doing a ride-along to learn about law enforcement. Tolentino tried to ram another cruiser on Jungle Avenue head-on, the report states. The chase ended on a dead-end street, with Tolentino trying to run away. He was located, with the help of a K-9 deputy. Marijuana was found inside his Camaro, the report says.

Tolentino is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, possession of marijuana, reckless driving and driving under the influence.

He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $120,450 bail.

BAYONET POINT

Cops: Dad's checks stolen

A 47-year-old man who lives with his parents admitted to detectives that he stole his dad's blank checks from the mailbox, squirreled them away to his room and then forged his 79-year-old father's signature so he could steal money, according to authorities.

Thursday afternoon, detectives waited at the Beacon Woods home of Gregory J. Wilkin's parents to question him about the fraud, which totaled more than $5,500 and included credit and debit cards and a faked PayPal account.

When Wilkin arrived in the driveway, in his mother's minivan, detectives found crack cocaine in the vehicle, authorities said.

Wilkin said he had just gone to buy it before coming home, the report says.

Wilkin is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, two counts of scheming to defraud, criminal use of personal identification and possession of cocaine.

He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $22,000 bail.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Suspect arrested at work

Russell J. Pye of Dade City is accused of kicking in the front door to his ex-girlfriend's home and pointing a gun at her head on April 6, according to a report from the Zephyrhills Police Department.

Pye, 26, fled the Zephyrhills home before officers arrived. He was arrested Thursday at his job at a McDonald's on Gall Boulevard in Zephyrhills.

He is charged with armed burglary, felony assault and battery. Pye is being held in lieu of $55,150 bail.

New Port Richey man to spend 6 years in prison for child porn 04/17/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 17, 2009 9:37pm]
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