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Tallahassee Resident Arrested for Computer Pornography; Extortion

9/19/2007
 
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) arrested Kirk Creary, 29, of Tallahassee, Fla. on Tuesday and charged him with one count of computer pornography and one count of threat/extortion, both second-degree felony charges.

Creary became a suspect after investigators received information from Colorado law enforcement authorities that alleged a Tallahassee resident was having inappropriate online chat sessions with several females under the age of 18 and attempted to threaten one of the victims into sending him pictures of her unclothed. Agents traced the communication back to Creary.

During a search of Creary's home, agents with FDLE, Leon County Sheriff's Office and the Tallahassee Police Department located several computers and numerous storage devices. An initial forensic review revealed hundreds of video files that appear to contain images of juveniles under the age of 18.

Creary was transported to the Leon County Jail. More charges are pending after a full forensic review of Creary's electronic equipment is completed.

FDLE is an active member of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This task force is one of 45 federally-funded task forces nationwide created solely to investigate Internet crimes against children that include the online sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.

Please visit the FDLE Computer Crime Center Web site to review tips for keeping your children safe online at: www.fdle.state.fl.us/FC3/

For more information, contact:

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001