St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Detectives, in partnership with the 19th Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney have filed 54 additional charges of child pornography against Altamonte Wilson, said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
According to Sheriff Mascara, Wilson, 29, was originally arrested on Aug. 25, 2015 when the Sheriff’s Office and the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force executed a search warrant on his house, located at 203 1/2 South 30th Street in Fort Pierce.
Upon entering the house, detectives were greeted by the sole resident, Altamonte Wilson, a convicted felon, who admitted to possessing two firearms, a double barrel pistol and a rifle were located in the residence, Mascara said.
According to Mascara, when interviewed concerning the participation in the trading and possession of child pornography, Wilson acknowledged utilizing software programs consistent with the investigation to distribute child pornography.
“The files Wilson possessed were video and image files containing prepubescent children between the ages of six and twelve engaged in sexual acts with adults and other children,” Mascara said.
According to Mascara, Wilson was arrested on Aug. 25, 2015, on ten counts of possession of child pornography and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
“This allowed investigators to conduct a complete forensic examination of Wilson’s electronic devices,” Mascara said.
According to Mascara, after the forensic examination was completed, the State’s Attorney filed an additional forty-three counts of possession of child pornography.
“The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office does not tolerate victimization of children or seniors,” Mascara said. “These are the most vulnerable members of our community and it is a paramount responsibility of our agency to protect them and ensure the predators responsible are brought to justice.”
According to Mascara, there are no known local victims related to this investigation. However, he stated that often, sexual violence offenders begin by viewing electronic images and evolve into more physical offenses.
ABOUT THE SHERIFF:
The Florida Constitution establishes the Office of the elected County Sheriff who is responsible for preserving the peace, carrying out the orders of Florida courts and the Board of County Commissioners, and providing deputies at court sessions and meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is elected by the people of St. Lucie County and is accountable to them.