A Holmes County man is in jailed on multiple charges of possession of child pornography following a joint state and county investigation.
Daniel Michael Rowe, Jr. of Bonifay was arrested Thursday by law enforcement with the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit and the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.
“Now that our CyberCrime Unit is operational throughout the state, these cooperative efforts will help immensely as we work to protect our children against internet child predators,” said Attorney General McCollum.
The investigation was initiated when images of child pornography were located by officials with Photobucket.com, an internet-based photo-sharing service. Photobucket reported the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which forwarded the information to the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit.
Investigators with the CyberCrime Unit traced the images back to Rowe’s Bonifay residence. A search warrant was conducted with assistance from Holmes County Sheriff Dennis Lee and his deputies.
“We are grateful to have the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit working closely with local law enforcement in these situations,” said Sheriff Lee. “Working together, we can make a difference in the fight against child predators in Holmes County and throughout Florida.”
Rowe, 51, admitted he knowingly possessed the images reported to NCMEC and was taken into custody at the scene. Law enforcement seized his computer and other equipment to undergo additional forensic analysis.
Rowe faces five counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison per count. He is currently being held at the Holmes County Jail.