Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Tampa man, 64, charged with 100 counts of possessing child porn

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TAMPA — When deputies forced their way into the home of a 64-year-old man suspected of child porn possession Wednesday morning, it was immediately clear they had the right house:

Two computers were in the process of downloading even more porn, officials said.

Dennis Craig Werner, 64, was charged with 100 counts of child porn possession after deputies discovered a mass of material depicting children engaged in sexual acts, officials said.

Werner tried to forcibly keep deputies out of his home, 8634 Cadwick Drive, when authorities from the Internet Predator Unit arrived with a search warrant about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

They detained Werner and entered the home, finding four computers, six external hard drives, several disks, memory cards and thumb drives, as well as other electronic equipment suspected of containing countless images of children engaged in sex acts, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The files contain pornography involving children as young as infants and up to 15 years of age, officials said.

Werner was transported without incident to the Hillsborough County jail on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and 100 counts of child porn possession. He remains in jail in lieu of $752,000 bail.

According to jail logs, Werner is a training instructor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Tampa. Calls to the federal agency were not immediately returned.

Marissa Lang can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3386.

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