Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Public safety

Port Richey man faces 20 child pornography charges

PORT RICHEY — A 38-year-old 7-Eleven clerk is behind bars and facing 20 criminal charges after authorities said he possessed and possibly distributed child pornography.

Sanny Lee, of 8330 Corney Drive, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with 15 counts of possessing child pornography and five counts of intending to promote it.

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent, conducting an undercover Internet operation, downloaded several videos from Lee's personal computer. Fifteen child pornography files were found in a search Wednesday, according to reports.

Lee was arrested while he was working at the 7-Eleven convenience store at 13440 State Road 54 in Odessa.

The investigation is ongoing, said FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger. However, there was enough evidence to press charges, she said, and authorities believe Lee distributed the pornography. There is no evidence that Lee was involved in producing any of the images or videos, Plessinger said.

The ages of the children in the videos and images were estimated to range from 3 to 15 years, according to reports.

Reports indicate an FDLE agent monitored Lee's activity beginning Jan. 31 and downloaded five videos from Lee's computer on separate occasions. The last video was downloaded April 9.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified children in two of the video files. Plessinger said those victims have been rescued, but the videos still circulate.

Lee is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail with bail set at $200,000.

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