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On Tuesday February 21, 2011 Hillsborough Circuit Judge Chet A. Tharpe sentenced Michael Kelley to 30 years Florida State Prison.
7000 N. Highland Ave
Tampa, FL 33604
On Tuesday February 21, 2011 Hillsborough Circuit Judge Chet A. Tharpe sentenced Michael Kelley to 30 years Florida State Prison for the Possession of Child Pornography charges, and 30 years (15 years consecutively for each count/child) Florida State Prison for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child Victim.
On January 29, 2010 at 3:45 p.m., HCSO Sheriff's detectives executed a search warrant at 7000 N. Highland Avenue seizing several computers, external hard drives and memory cards containing hundreds of photos and videos depicting children engaged in pornographic sexual activity.
Detectives acting on a tip searched Kelley's one bedroom garage apartment finding computer equipment that contained volumes of graphic sexual images of children, some who appeared to be as young as two years old. Detectives spent weeks examining additional computer storage equipment searching for additional child pornography and attempting to identify the young victims.
During the forensic examination of the items seized, several videos and images were located including personal camera equipment with images/video that appeared not to have been downloaded from the Internet.
Detectives began reviewing those images and quickly realized they were homemade recordings of Kelley engaged in pornographic sexual activity with one girl age 7 and a second girl age 10. Detectives were able to identify both girls and as a result, additional charges against Kelley were added. Both girls are now teenagers and are recovering.