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SO: Google ‘cyber-tip’ helped lead to child porn suspect


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— Information from Google, a major search engine and email provider, helped lead to the arrest of a South Florida State College employee on charges relating to child pornography, according to an arrest report.

Trevor Theron Long, 28, 832 Garland Ave., Sebring, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of possession of obscene materials and 50 counts of obscenity.

Long, who began working at the college on Oct. 15, 2012, as an end user support analyst, was terminated Monday because he violated college policy surrounding use of campus technology, Deborah Bell Latter, director of community relations and marketing department, said in an email.

The arrest came after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a “cyber-tip,” from Google that an individual was “observed” uploading three suspected images of child pornography on Jan. 10, the report said.

There were two IP addresses involved, the tip said, according to the report.

The center provided the information to Brian Livesay, an Internet crimes against children investigator. The arrest report said that Livesay began investigating the situation on Feb. 21.

He subsequently determined that one of the addresses was registered to South Florida State College and the second one to a person living in Sebring. The report did not explain how the cyber-tip information was originally tied to Highlands County.

Further investigation showed that Long worked at the South Florida State College and also lived at the address to which the second computer address was tied, the report said.

A search of Long’s work computer recovered more than 50 images of suspected child pornography, the arrest report said.

Computers also have been seized from the home Long lived and will be examined for images, the report said.

Livesay received help from David Drake, a Hardee County investigator.

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the situation.

Anyone with information on the case should contact Livesay at (863) 402-7356 or (863) 402-7357. They can report information anonymously by contacting Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-TIPS.

jmeisel@highlandstoday.com

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