Crime

Children as young as 3 months shown being molested after porn bust

PINELLAS PARK -- A Pinellas Park man who works as a children's entertainer has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Peter Douglas Emr, 34, is facing multiple charges of possession of child pornography and sexual performance with intent to promote.

Detectives said Emr is also known as "Emr the Jester," and he performs puppet shows, paints faces and makes balloon animals for children.

Detectives said they began investigating Emr in December after receiving a tip that he had child pornography in his possession. When detectives searched his home Tuesday, they took several electronic devices that belonged to Emr.

So far, investigators said they have found more than 400 images showing children as young as 3 months old engaged in sexual activity.

Emr was taken into custody and admitted to the crime, detectives said.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective Holly Tsanakaliotis of the Special Victims Unit at 727-582-6200.

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