CHIPLEY — A Chipley man was arrested in connection with possession of child pornography charges, according to a Chipley Police Department news release issued Friday.
Christopher Cartee, 31, of Chipley was arrested on 22 counts of possession of obscene material – possess photograph of sexual performance by a child, according to the release.
“Child Pornography is a serious crime with serious consequences,” said Police Chief Kevin Crews. “Although Cartee did not take the photographs, he was in possession of them and in turn is enabling those individuals who use the most fragile and innocent of us, our children, to either gain a financial profit or gratify their own personal needs.”
In May 2012, Chipley Police began an investigation involving possession of child pornography. Officers with the Chipley Police Department received information that Cartee had a laptop computer on which there was child pornography, according to the release. Officers obtained a search warrant for the laptop computer, and with the assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Computer Forensic Unit, found hundreds of obscene images contained on the laptop.
On May 23, Chipley Police, with assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Cartee’s Chipley residence.
Officers collected computer and electronic media, which were sent to the FDLE computer forensics unit. More obsecene images were found on computers seized during the search warrant, according to police.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Cartee was arrested, charged and was booked into the Washington County Jail on an $110,000 dollar bond.
“Our officers along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Investigators and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office spent many hours working this case to its conclusion,” Crews said.