TALLAHASSEE, FL – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – A Palm Beach County man is in custody today after investigators with Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Child Predator CyberCrime Unit discovered his online distribution of child pornography.
Chad Langston, 24, was arrested by authorities with the CyberCrime Unit. Langston is the third arrest made by the unit within the past three days.
Langston’s distribution and promotion of pornographic images of children was discovered during an undercover online investigation conducted by McCollum’s Child Predator CyberCrime Unit. A CyberCrime investigator was able to trace the images back to Langston, prompting a search of his residence. A forensic analysis was completed on his computer, verifying that Langston possessed multiple images identified as child pornography.
The investigation was completed with the assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Delray Beach Police Department.
Langston is currently being held at the Palm Beach County Jail. He is charged with one count of promoting the sexual performance by a child, a second-degree felony, and 10 counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. If convicted on all charges, he faces up to 65 years in prison. He will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
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.
Langston’s arrest is the 46th 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.