Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Domestic Dispute Leads to the Discovery of Child Pornography

April 28, 2015

On April 19, 2015 at approximately 0330 in the morning, John Lawson Fullbright (6-28-84) of Williston became involved in a domestic dispute with his wife. His spouse discovered several images of what she believed to be child pornographic images on his phone, which sparked the dispute. She refused to return the phone to him and contacted law enforcement. Law enforcement seized the phone but weren’t able to arrest John Fullbright, because he fled to Marion County before deputies arrived.

On April 19, 2015 at approximately 4 pm, John Fullbright, unaware law enforcement had probable cause for his arrest, responded to a request for a statement. Fullbright came to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and was arrested for domestic battery. Fullbright bonded out of the Levy County Detention Facility on April 20, 2015 after posting a $30,000 bond.

Investigator Tom Martin continued to investigate the allegation Mrs. Fullbright filed about the pornographic images she viewed on her husband’s phone. Investigator Martin secured a search warrant on April 23, 2015 to conduct a forensic analysis of the phone she surrendered to law enforcement. During his search of the phone’s internal memory, he discovered approximately 1,741 images of children between the ages of 2 to 12 in various sexually explicit poses. In addition to these images, Investigator Martin found video clips of children engaged in sexual acts both with adults and other minor children, anime images of children and images of children engaged in sexual acts with animals.

Investigator Martin then secured a warrant for the arrest of John Lawson Fullbright on April 24, 2015. Investigator Martin developed information that Fullbright was in Marion County and with the assistance of Marion County Sheriff’s Office attempted to execute the arrest warrant that night. Fullbright could not be located.

On April 27, 2015 at approximately 6 pm Fullbright was surrendered to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office by his attorney Mark Feather. Fullbright is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond.

This investigation is still ongoing and additional charges could be filed. The identities of the victimized children depicted in these images have not been determined. Investigators are continuing to work with outside agencies, such as the National Information Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI, to identify these children.

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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