TALLAHASSEE – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – Attorney General Charlie Crist today announced that a Putnam County man was arrested on charges of promoting the sexual performance of a child and possession of child pornography. Investigators with Crist’s CyberCrime Unit discovered Arnon J. Donell’s distribution and promotion of pornographic videos of children during an undercover online investigation.
Donell, 30, placed pornographic videos on the Internet that were discovered by a Child Predator CyberCrime investigator, who was able to trace them back to Donell. A search warrant was executed at Donell’s Palatka residence and computers containing images and videos of child pornography were seized.
“People who pollute the Internet with heartbreaking images of child sex abuse must be stopped,” said Crist. “Victims of sexual abuse crimes carry the horror of their abuse for the rest of their lives, and we will continue to fight to protect our children from these monsters.”
Law enforcement officers executing the search warrant verified that Donell’s computer contained the movie found online by the undercover investigator. Donell admitted that he knowingly possessed the pornography found on his computer.
Donell is currently being held at the Putnam County Jail. He is charged with one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child, a second-degree felony, and one count of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. If convicted on both charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office assisted in yesterday’s arrest.
The 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. Donell’s arrest is the 21st made by officers with the unit since its inception in November 2005.The CyberCrime Unit is a member of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.