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GPD makes child pornography arrest

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Devon Gregory Jackson, 32, was arrested today and charged with six counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution of child exploitation material.

Gainesville Police Department (GPD) served a search warrant on October 18 at Jackson’s apartment, with the assistance of GPD SWAT. The investigation was prompted by a Cyber Tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, indicating that a Snapchat user was distributing child sexual abuse material.

Jackson’s electronic devices were seized, and a forensic analysis revealed two child sexual abuse images and a Snapchat account matching the information provided by Snapchat.

Post Miranda, Jackson reportedly changed his story several times regarding his knowledge of the accounts that were suspected of distributing the abuse material. He reportedly concluded that he didn’t remember possessing the videos that were shared on Snapchat, but if he had them, it was because he believed the subjects to be 18 years old.

Jackson has no local criminal history; bail information is not currently available.

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The Gainesville Police Department wants parents to be aware that children are being solicited and exploited through social networking and messaging apps. These apps, like Facebook, KiK, Snapchat, TikTok and Tagged are also used to share images and videos that depict young children being sexually abused.

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