NEWS RELEASE #: 16-156
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office today arrested a 53-year-old man for possession of child pornography after executing a search warrant at his home.
Detectives investigating Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) determined a particular Internet protocol (IP) address was used to download 167 files previously identified as containing child pornography. Detectives confirmed the IP address was leased to a resident living at 3517 Cheshire Square #D, and obtained a search warrant for the home. Surveillance determined that Curtis Esmond, DOB 10/01/62, lived there.
Detectives executed a search warrant at his home today and during a forensic scan of Esmond's laptop, discovered 35 images/videos all determined to be child pornography. They also seized several CDs and DVDs containing graphic images.
Esmond is charged with 40 felony counts of Possession: Sexual Performance by a Child. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.