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Registered sex offender arrested in Tampa on child pornography charges

TAMPA — He was living in a one bedroom garage apartment and working as a tow truck driver until sheriff's detectives showed up Friday afternoon, jail records show.

Authorities seized computer hard drives and storage devices from 58-year-old Michael Kelley, a registered sex offender, following a tip that he might have child pornography.

At 3:45 p.m., Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives arrived at 7000 N Highland Ave., with search warrants in hand. They found 60 images and videos depicting children as young as 2 in sexual situations, said Deputy Larry McKinnon, a spokesman for the sheriff.

Kelley admitted to downloading the images after being read his rights, McKinnon said.

He was previously convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 16 in Orange County in 1998. He was also arrested in 2007 for failing to register as a sex offender in Hillsborough.

McKinnon said detectives will continue to comb through the digital files in the coming weeks to determine if there will be any more charges.

Kelley was being held at the Hillsborough County jail without bail Friday night.

If you have any information about this case, please call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8000 or Crime stoppers at 1 (800) 843-8477.

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