BRADENTON — A Palmetto man posted a $75,000 bond this week after he was arrested on 15 counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
Jonathan Crotty, 20, was arrested at a residence in the 10200 block of 28th Avenue East in Palmetto. The Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit, which includes Bradenton Police Department as a member, worked to build a case against Crotty.
On Feb. 18, Crotty had video files in his possession that showed children less than 18 years old engaging in sex acts. Investigators said they could tell the children were featured in the films because they had “childlike sized arms, legs, torsos and were in prepubescent state.”
Bradenton Police Department Detective Kevin Bunch said in his report he estimates the children in the videos were younger than 14 years old.
Because Crotty allegedly had more than 10 images of child pornography, the charges are upgraded to a second-degree felony, according to the arrest report. A second-degree felony has a maximum sentence not exceeding 15 years, according to Florida state statutes.
Crotty is the third man arrested by the CyberCrime Unit in Bradenton.
Investigators arrested Michael Seagraves on Jan. 28 on charges of transmission of harmful material to a minor and possession of marijuana, according to court records. His next court appearance is slated for March 5.
In February 2009, the CyberCrime Unit arrested Roberto Manzanero on child pornography charges after an investigation by Bradenton police and the attorney general’s office revealed he had on his computer numerous images of children being sexually abused. Manzanero, 25, was sentenced to four years in prison and designated as a sex offender.