Thursday, February 09, 2017
A man, said to be a Jamaican citizen, was Monday arrested at the Orland International Airport in Florida after his cellphone was searched and found to contain two child porn videos, the ABC News affiliate, WHTV9 reported on its website yesterday.
He is facing a charge of possession of child pornography.
The man, identified as Anthony Carl Spence, was searched by US Customs and Border Protection officers just after getting off a flight from Jamaica, the report said. Investigators did not say what prompted the search.
The WHTV9 report said that when asked about the two videos found on his phone, Spence allegedly told investigators he showed one to a class of Jamaican schoolchildren “in order to determine whether any of them had ever been molested”. The report, quoting court documents, said when the suspected child porn was found, officials at Orlando International Airport called Homeland Security agents, who responded and took a more in-depth look at Spence’s phone.
Spence, according to the court documents, claimed a girlfriend in New York sent him one of the videos and the other he had forwarded to a relative as a warning that her child “could be acting in a similar manner”.
It added that when asked about the incident involving the Jamaican schoolchildren, Spence told investigators that he was not employed by the school, but his nieces attended and he had gotten permission from a teacher to show students one of the videos.
Spence, who told agents he had five daughters, allegedly admitted sending the videos to a number of friends and relatives while in Jamaica, including “women with children”, court documents said. more