Michael Cropper, 38, of Cape Coral, turned himself in pursuant to an FDLE warrant charging him with 10 counts of possession of child sexual abuse material in violation of Florida Statute 827.071(5)(a), a third-degree felony. Due to the number of images and the sexual battery of children depicted in the images, each count is enhanced to second degree felonies based on F.S. 775.0847(2).
On March 15, FDLE agents and the Cape Coral Police Department served a search warrant at Cropper’s residence and found an all-in-one computer in Cropper’s bedroom that contained the child pornography. Forensic examinations of Cropper’s computer uncovered videos of children involved in sex acts. More than 4,000 files were located that contained child sexual abuse material.
Cropper turned himself in this afternoon and was booked into the Lee County Jail. He was ordered held without bond pending first appearance. The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
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