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Tarpon Springs man arrested on child pornography charges

Deputies arrested a Tarpon Springs man on child pornography charges Wednesday after investigators found videos of young boys being sexually assaulted on his personal storage server, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Matthew M. Morell, 22, admitted to receiving images and video of child pornography on his cell phone, which he then saved to his Dropbox account, deputies said.

Investigators said they found three videos depicting boys as young as 8 being assaulted.

The videos were saved to Dropbox, which is a cloud type storage server that can be accessed from any computer or phone with access to internet, deputies said.

The investigation began in December after the sheriff's office received a tip saying Morell might be downloading child pornography.

Morell was arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. He was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and was being held on $15,000 bail.

Tarpon Springs man arrested on child pornography charges 02/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 7:52pm]
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