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08 Apr 2016

Man Arrested on Hundreds of Counts in Port St. Lucie Child Porn Case

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The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 52-year-old Port St. Lucie resident on additional charges of internet crimes related to child pornography on March 17, following his original arrest three days earlier.

On March 14, Tracy James Justice had been arrested on 10 counts of possessing child pornography and five counts related to the distribution of such material. After detectives from the Sheriff’s Office and officials from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force acquired material from Justice’s computer, the additional arrest took place.

The latter charges against Justice find him facing 44 counts of allegedly producing child pornography, 100 additional counts of child pornography possession and 205 counts connected to allegations of video voyeurism. The latter charge stems from the determination by the Sheriff’s Office that Justice placed hidden cameras to capture images of children without their knowledge.

There appears to be no indication that any additional children, other than those that have already been identified, have been victimized, according to Sheriff Ken Mascara. The Office is currently seeking to determine whether or not any of the images found had been posted on the internet.

Justice was booked on over $2.8 million bond into the St. Lucie County Jail following the second arrest.

The serious nature of the charges that Justice is facing requires an attorney with experience in defending clients against such claims. Jeffrey Garland is a St. Lucie internet crime defense lawyer who has served as an effective advocate for clients for over three decades in the Sunshine State.

Garland makes sure to use experts that have the background to offer pertinent opinions on specific aspects of computer operations. Those employed by the police to detect such crimes may not be experts in important areas, which may eventually lead to a successful defense against such charges.

The dangers of a computer being hacked is also something that is within the realm of possibility. That means that the individual being charged may not even have been aware that he was a party to internet crime.

Other potential defenses that Garland may entertain deal with issues such as others having access to the computer in question or sexual misconduct questions that focus on aspects like consent and alibis.

If you or someone you know has been charged with internet crime or sexual misconduct, contact the office of Jeffrey Garland to set up a consultation.

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