TALLAHASSEE – Attorney General Charlie Crist today announced the arrest of an attorney from Bay County on multiple charges of producing child pornography, possession of child pornography and promoting the sexual performance of a child. Investigators with Crist’s Child Predator CyberCrime Unit discovered Paul Richard Parker, Jr.’s distribution and promotion of pornographic videos of children during an undercover online investigation.
Parker, 42, placed pornographic videos on the internet, where they were discovered by a Child Predator CyberCrime investigator who was able to trace them back to Parker. Search warrants executed at Parker’s Panama City residence uncovered hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on his computer and other equipment. Investigators also discovered that Parker created child pornography by enticing young boys over the internet to perform sexual acts via webcam. Parker would then video tape these acts and make pornographic videos from them. He was arrested by officers with the Child Predator CyberCrime Unit and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. Parker specializes in personal injury law.
“Child pornography is horrific sexual exploitation of real children, who are real victims,” said Crist. “We will continue to shut these perverted operations down.”
Parker is currently being held at the Bay County Jail. He is charged with nine counts of using a child in the production of child pornography and two counts of promoting child pornography, both second-degree felonies, as well as two counts of transmitting child pornography and 233 counts of possession of child pornography, both third-degree felonies. If convicted on all charges, he could face life in prison. The case will be jointly prosecuted by Crist’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the 14th Circuit State Attorney’s Office.
The Child Predator CyberCrime Unit’s mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The unit does this by working cooperatively on a statewide basis with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources and expertise, while preventing the spread of these crimes through education and community awareness. Parker’s arrest is the 30th made by officers with the unit since its inception in October 2005. The Child Predator CyberCrime Unit is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) of North Florida.