HIGH SPRINGS ‒ A High Springs man has been charged with possession of child sexual abuse material. Jon Walter Crawford, 34, was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 10:35 a.m. and charged with one count of possession of child sexual abuse material with additional charges pending.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office received a Cyber Tip in October 2022, alleging that a person using a Yahoo account sent two files with child exploitation material via email on Sept. 4, 2021. The investigator reviewed the files provided in the tip and determined that at least one video, which is 2.46 in length, met the criteria for child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
A subpoena revealed that the IP address belonged to Windstream, and Windstream responded in January 2023 with a physical address in High Springs. Crawford lives at that address.
Deputies made contact with Crawford and he reportedly denied possessing any CSAM and gave consent for a search of his phone. Crawford went into the house and returned with his phone. The deputy reported finding an 11:32-minute video that met the criteria for CSAM and informed Crawford that he was under arrest.
Post Miranda, Crawford reportedly admitted to possessing the video and viewing images showing child pornography; he said he received the files via an online messaging app and normally watched a video and then deleted it unless he liked it enough to save it. Crawford aided the investigator and was cooperative during the investigation.
Additional charges are pending a search warrant for his electronic devices.
Crawford has no local criminal history. Bail was set at $25,000 by Judge Thomas M. Jaworski. Crawford has since bonded out.
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