Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Safety Harbor man arrested on child pornography charges

James Neil Saxon Jr., 55, in car at right, is taken away after he was arrested Thursday at the Aerosonic Corp. in Clearwater.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

James Neil Saxon Jr., 55, in car at right, is taken away after he was arrested Thursday at the Aerosonic Corp. in Clearwater.

CLEARWATER — Employees were caught off guard when two dozen authorities arrived unannounced at Aerosonic Corp. with a search warrant in hand just after 9 a.m. Thursday.

"Everyone was wondering what was going on," said Amy Mudrey, an assistant to the CEO.

Before long, they had their answer.

James Neil Saxon Jr., an Aerosonic Corp. employee, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his workplace and faces 20 counts of child pornography possession charges. He admitted to possessing the images discovered during an investigation, Attorney General's Office spokeswoman Sandi Copes said.

Saxon, 55, of Safety Harbor, is being held at the Pinellas County Jail.

His position at Aerosonic was not known. Nor was the length of time he has worked there.

Many of the images reviewed by investigators with the Attorney General's Tampa CyberCrime Task Force and the Central Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force contained children appearing to be as young as 5. Under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act, Saxon's charges are second-degree felonies.

According to authorities, Saxon's crimes were discovered when CyberCrime investigators located images during a routine undercover investigation. They traced the images to a computer Saxon used at Aerosonic, a company at 1212 N Hercules Ave. that manufactures aviation instrumentation and avionics equipment.

"The authorities came to us (Thursday) morning to help them identify where it was done," Aerosonic CEO Douglas Hillman said. "They were very thorough."

During the search at Aerosonic, authorities blocked both entrances to the property for a couple hours before leaving just before 1 p.m.

They seized computer equipment and will undergo additional forensic analysis in an attempt to locate any additional images of child pornography, Copes said.

Saxon's home also was searched Thursday.

"The management and staff of Aerosonic Corporation cooperated with the investigation fully," Copes said.

By early Thursday afternoon, things were once again calm at Aerosonic.

"It's back to business," Hillman said.

Keith Niebuhr can be reached at kniebuhr@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4156.

Safety Harbor man arrested on child pornography charges 04/09/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 9, 2009 8:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Yale dean on leave over offensive Yelp reviews leaves post

    Bizarre News

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Yale University dean who was placed on leave over offensive reviews she posted on Yelp has left her position at the Ivy League institution, school officials said Tuesday.

  2. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park

    Tourism

    Associated Press

    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  3. The people you meet along O.J. Howard Lane

    Bucs

    AUTAUGAVILLE, Ala. —The screen door hangs open to Laura's Country Kitchen but the dining room is empty with no one to feed.

    OJ Howard (far right) is seen in a photo from his adolescent years at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Howard served as an usher in addition to attending regular services at this church.
  4. St. Pete Pride schedule and live blog

    Special Topics

    St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade: St. Pete Pride's popular parade moves to downtown St. Petersburg's scenic waterfront. The block party brings DJs, food and drinks starting at 2 p.m. The parade steps off at Fifth Ave NE and Bayshore at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. 2 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue …

    A local business rings in Pride 2017 with some window decorations.