MANATEE -- A man detectives say downloaded more than 300 pornographic videos they described as disgusting, disturbing and some of the sickest images imaginable, was ordered held on a $100,000 bond Friday.
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Christopher Goff, 29, who recently moved here from Ohio, is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography. He is being held at the Manatee County jail.
Goff was silent as he appeared Friday afternoon via video conference before County Judge Doug Henderson. A detective and prosecutor detailed their concerns to Henderson should Goff, who only moved to Manatee County in March, be granted a low bond.
"We consider him a flight risk. He can't go back to the house he was living in because the family doesn't want him there," Assistant State Attorney Rick Filkins said. "The concern is, if he gets out, he is going to high-tail it back to Ohio."
Goff will face many more charges they added, but the suspected pornographic videos are being forensically analyzed.
Goff's criminal history includes two burglary convictions from Ohio, Filkins told Henderson.
The Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent Goff.
Goff was ordered to stay away from a child in the home he was staying.
"We have some concerns about a child in Ohio as well," Manatee County Sheriff's Office detective Chris Gillum said.
Henderson said his no-contact order would include any children of concern, and asked the detective to provide the names.
Detectives began an undercover investigation of Goff Sept. 8 trying to locate computers linked to offers to share child pornography, according to the arrest report. One computer's IP address was identified and a subpoena was sent to Verizon for the Internet subscriber's information.
On Sept. 24, Verizon provided detectives with an address on 80th Street East in Parrish. Via search warrant, detectives found a laptop belonging to Goff. A preliminary forensic scan found four pornographic videos with children.
During an interview, Goff reportedly admitted to detectives he downloaded the files to his laptop using a peer-to-peer sharing network.
Detectives say Goff was using specific words in his online search for the child pornography.
The sheriff's office and other agencies are continuing to investigate Goff.
"We are going to investigate every child he has any contact with," Gillum said outside the courthouse. "We will go back as far as we have to."
The family has been cooperative with investigators, he added.
Anyone with any information about the case should call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011.Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitternote>