Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Port Richey man faces 20 child pornography charges

Sanny Lee, 38, is in Land O’Lakes jail with bail set at $200,000.

Sanny Lee, 38, is in Land O’Lakes jail with bail set at $200,000.

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.

Port Richey man faces 20 child pornography charges 06/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 7, 2013 12:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return


    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  2. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits


    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  3. Assault charge may not sway voters in Montana election (w/video)


    BOZEMAN, Mont. — Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground.

    People fill out ballots for the special election to fill Montana's only U.S. House seat at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on Thursday in Billings, Mont. [Associated Press]
  4. Quiet college dropout turned bomber: Who was Salman Abedi?


    LONDON — He was quiet and withdrawn, a college dropout who liked soccer — and, some say, showed alarming signs of being radicalized years before he walked into a pop concert at Britain's Manchester Arena and detonated a powerful bomb, killing himself and 22 others.

    Salman Abedi was identified by British authorities as the man behind Monday’s attack.
  5. Soldiers launch attacks in besieged Philippine city


    MARAWI, Philippines — Backed by tanks and rocket-firing helicopters, Philippine troops launched "precision attacks" Thursday to clear extremists linked to the Islamic State group from a city that has been under siege since a raid that failed to capture one of Asia's most-wanted militants.

    Soldiers fire at enemy positions Thursday while trying to clear the city of Marawi, Philippines, of armed militants.