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January 20, 2011
Gary Davidson
Public Information Officer

18-YEAR-OLD FACES CHILD PORN CHARGES

Saying he wasn’t proud of what he did, an 18-year-old Ormond Beach man was arrested Thursday on two counts of child pornography. Investigators with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit arrested Vincent Fernandez at his home Thursday morning after he admitted to downloading videos from the Internet of children engaged in sexual activity.

The Sheriff’s Office had Fernandez under investigation since December. Based on the findings of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant on Wednesday to search Fernandez’ residence at 16 Pine Trail Circle for additional evidence. Investigators showed up at Fernandez’ house at about 6 a.m. Thursday morning and seized a computer from his bedroom. Having already documented evidence of two videos on the computer, investigators charged Fernandez with two counts of promoting sexual performance by a child, a 2nd-degree felony. Additional criminal charges may be pending after the contents of the computer hard drive are searched.

Fernandez was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach and is being held on $5,000 bond.

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