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Published On: Fri, Apr 5th, 2013

John Shearen, Leesburg Florida man, arrested as ‘most notorious child porn downloader’

Police have arrested a Leesburg man who they say downloaded the largest collection of child pornography ever found in Florida.

John Shearen

John Shearen

John Shearen, age 51, who investigators are calling the “most notorious child porn downloader they’ve taken into custody,” was arrested Thursday morning and charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography and 15 counts of distribution of child pornography.

Authorities discovered he had downloaded up to 1 million images and full-length videos of child porn on multiple computers and mass media storage devices, investigators said.

Shearen admitted to his crimes, police say, and other charges may be pending.

He was booked into Lake County Jail on a no-bond status.

At his first court appearance, which was held Friday morning, Shearen appeared antsy and was shaking while keeping his head down.

A judge, who maintained the no-bond status, appointed a public defender to represent Shearen, who will be prosecuted by the State Attorney 5th Judicial Circuit.

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  2. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    THE PROBLEM IS NOT THE PERSON WATCHING CHILD PORN. THE PROBLEM IS THE PERSON WHO MAKES CHILD PORN AVAILABLE ON COMPUTERS.

    PEOPLE HAVE BECOME FASCINATED WITH NBC’s “To Catch A Predator,” WITH Chris Hansen. LOCKING-UP TIMID AND PHYSICALLY-HARMLESS MALES MAKES THE PUBLIC FEEL GOOD – BUT, THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE MATERIAL REMAINS FREE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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