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Deputies: Pasco sex offender arrested on child porn charges


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A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday and charged with multiple counts of promoting sexual performance by a child, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

Clarence David Dingler, 60, of 6511 Santee Court, New Port Richey, was arrested Wednesday morning after Pasco deputies used a search warrant to enter his home. Deputies discovered a computer inside Dingler’s bedroom where more than 200 files of sexual explicit photos and videos featuring children under the age of 18 were found, according to the arrest report.

Once in custody, Dingler told authorities he knew the photos and videos that were downloaded and shared on peer-to-peer websites were of underage children, the report said.

Investigators initially found 153 files on Dingler’s computer, the report said, but a further search turned up a total of 216 videos and photos classified as child pornography.

The material was downloaded to his computer using an IP, or Internet Protocol, address registered in his name between Feb. 3-6, deputies said.

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