The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Pensacola Police Department and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office assisted with the arrest.
CyberCrime investigators located images of child pornography during a routine investigation and traced the images back to Loper's computer. A search warrant was executed at his Santa Rosa home where one computer, several DVDs and other digital evidence were seized. The items removed from the home will undergo forensic analysis to identify any additional images of child pornography. This is the second arrest today for the CyberCrime Unit; the first arrest took place in Pinellas County.
Loper will be booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail and will be 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. The agencies involved are all members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
The investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.