Gainesville man arrested for possession and transmission of child pornography


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Richard James Ashbrook, 56, was arrested yesterday and charged with 11 counts of possession of a photograph showing a sexual performance by a child and one count of transmission of child pornography using an electronic device.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip on June 21, 2022, that a Google Drive account contained two child pornography images that had been uploaded May 18-19, 2022. Google provided the upload IP address and the email address, name, and phone number provided by the account holder.

The IP address was traced to an address in Pinecrest Terrace where Ashbrook lives with his aunt. Gainesville Police Department served a search warrant at the address on December 2.

Post Miranda, Ashbrook reportedly denied having any child sexual abuse material or child erotica on his devices but later said he had started to write an article about child exploitation but had abandoned it. He reportedly said he had saved some images because he was “trying to see how prominent the problem was.”

A subsequent search of his cell phone reportedly produced over 100 child sexual abuse images that were saved to the device between May 19, 2022, and November 21, 2022.

Bail information is not currently available.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • So the racism people don’t have anything to say about this nasty low life.. probably stays in a high end neighborhood.. nasty sicko. Absolutely disgusting. Poor excuse for human life..

    • I think he lives in Holly Heights. ? I don’t think it’s a high end neighborhood. But yes he’s a poor excuse for human life.

    • What are you babbling about racism? Frankly I don’t care if he were green with pink polka dots, he’s a sleazy, child abuser and should be sent to prison for life.

      I agree with you, he’s absolutely disgusting and a poor excuse for a human being.

  • you just never know , I use to work at an establishment where he was a patron , and something always tugged at me about that man .. now I know what it was ..I pray his grandmother will find peace after finding out the grandson that she has provided for is a sexual deviant ..and I pray she had no prior knowledge of his activities .

    • Tina, there was something tugging on him as well.
      Just goes to show whether you’re beating kids or beating off to them – it’s illegal and potentially criminal. You can and should be arrested.

  • Guessing, or at least hoping, he won’t be living with his aunt anymore.

  • Another POS who should not be allowed to take another breath put him in prison for life in general population let other inmates know what he did they can’t be rehabilitated I don’t care what these idiot on the left think

  • There’s all kinds of mental illness out there…pedophiles, people not knowing what sex they are…he may be grouped in with the lgbqxyz and identify as a child if you believe in all
    The other perversions and taboo…
    He may even be protected under DEI.
    Society is infected with mental disease and the forces that be want to normalize deviant behavior.

  • Only one cure for Chester. You would think a pedo would have a better excuse than I’m writing an article.

    • And to the people who try and turn this sick criminal behavior into a racial thing or a gender issue, or a lifestyle choice are part of this problem. Once someone has gone down this road of being a pedo there is return. There is no cure or treatment. The desire to molest, or keep pictures to enjoy latter, and the thoughts of child molesting never go away. You can use castration or sterilization and it it it doesn’t stop the want. No mental health counseling or treatment will work. The only cure is death, period. Seen it to many times.

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