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Child Exploitation
01/15/2010

Pinellas County registered sex offender arrested on child pornography charges

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents assisted the Florida Attorney General's Office in the investigation and arrest of a St. Petersburg, Fla., registered sex offender, who is back in jail after being apprehended on charges of possessing and promoting child pornography.

Scott Stucky, 42, was taken into custody Friday by the Attorney General's CyberCrime Unit with assistance from ICE and the Boynton Beach and St. Petersburg Police Departments. The State Attorney's Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit provided investigative assistance.

An undercover Boynton Beach investigator was contacted online by Stucky, who offered to transfer over 100 images of child pornography to the undercover investigator. When Stucky was identified as a resident of St. Petersburg, the Boynton Beach Police Department contacted the Attorney General's Tampa CyberCrime Task Force for assistance.

A search warrant was executed on Jan. 15 at Stucky's home and law enforcement seized one laptop, one desktop computer, four hard drives, several thumb drives and numerous CDs. The equipment will undergo forensic analysis to locate any additional images of child pornography.

According to the Florida sex offender registry, Stucky was sentenced to probation in April 2005 for lewd and lascivious acts on a child less than 16 years of age. His registration information is available online at http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/flyer.do?personId=41806.

Stucky was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony which will be enhanced to a second-degree felony under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act of 2007 and one count of promotion of child pornography, a second-degree felony under Florida state law.