FDLE agents arrested Michael Friedt, 61, of Spring Hill, on 15 counts of possession of child sexual abuse material and one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child.
The investigation began on March 21 when agents began an undercover operation to identify persons using the Internet to traffic and/or distribute images of child pornography. Friedt’s IP address was identified as possessing and sharing numerous files containing child sexual abuse material. On April 14, FDLE and Florida Highway Patrol executed a search warrant at Friedt’s residence and found over 100 files of child sexual abuse material on his electronic devices.
Friedt was booked into the Pasco County Jail yesterday on $85,000 bond. Additional charges are dependent upon completion of forensics exams. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case.
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