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Polk man arrested for over 100 child porn images

3 hours 35 min ago

LAKELAND, Fla. — A man in Polk County is facing charges after a tip led to detectives finding over 100 child pornography images on his phone. 

Detectives say the graphic images on 52-year-old John Horton's phone showed children between the ages of 3 and 13 being sexually molested and battered by adults. They also found web searches for child pornography. 

Horton admitting to viewing, downloading and storing the images when questioned by detectives. He was charged with 100 counts of possession of child pornography. The charge is enhanced to a second-degree felony because of the age of the children depicted and the number of images found. 

"We thank the person who provided the tip that allowed our detectives to investigate this child pornography case. The images located on Mr. Horton's phone are horrific." Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. "People like Horton create a market for these kinds of images that are dependent upon the continued sexual abuse of children. I appreciate the hard work our detectives did that was necessary to file these charges."

Horton has previous criminal history in New York for burglary, grand larceny and petit theft, according to the sheriff's office. He is being held without bond in the Polk County Jail. 

Woman brings meth to doctor's office to test it

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 9:49am

A Polk County woman was arrested earlier this month after she reportedly brought "her meth" with her to a doctor's office to have it tested. 

Barbara Ray, 73, of Polk County, told the staff at the doctor's office that she had been taking meth for about a month, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. She said she brought the drugs with her so that she and "her meth" could be tested to make sure all was well. 

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The Sheriff's Office was called and a deputy responded to the office. The deputy tested the drugs and found it was in fact methamphetamine. 

Ray was arrested on November 5. She was charged with 2 counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, and 2 counts of Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia. She was booked into the Polk County Jail on Monday, November 5, 2018 and released on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.