A nine-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has led to the arrest of a 26-year-old Key West man on child-porn charges.
Victor Santiago was charged with four felony counts of possessing pornography that depicts sexual performances of minors and one felony count of transmission of pornography by electronic device.
Santiago, who is listed as a "sandwich artist" on the Monroe County Sheriff's Office website, was arrested last week and remained jailed Friday on a $75,000 bond.
FDLE Special Agent Millard Quad wrote in an arrest affidavit that he became aware of Santiago's alleged activities in June through investigative software that alerted him of possible videos involving children were being downloaded.
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Quad is a member of the Broward County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
He sent a subpoena to AT&T June 22 for the flagged Internet protocol address. Quad requested download information from between Jan. 27 and June 19, the period Santiago was believed to be downloading the illegal content.
The affidavit says Quad received the requested information on Sept. 10. The next day, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Daniel Kenney successfully downloaded a part of a video downloaded by Santiago through peer-to-peer file sharing. P2P is software that allows users to share files that are part of the same network.
The downloaded video is about 13 minutes and involves an adult man having sex with a prepubescent girl, according to Quad's report. Quad wrote that he monitored Santiago on Sept. 14 and claims the suspect viewed three other child pornography videos -- including one that ran for one hour, 13 minutes.
Monroe County Judge Wayne Miller signed a search-and-seizure warrant on Sept. 16 for Santiago's apartment on 3930 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
On Sept. 22, FDLE agents raided Santiago's apartment, seizing 16 computer-related items.
The affidavit says that then-Monroe County Sheriff's Office forensic examiner Deputy Daniel Chu (now with the FDLE) conducted a search of a laptop and found the illegal videos. Homeland Security forensic examiner Steven Lumbert also searched the laptop and found the same material, according to Quad.
An arrest warrant was issued Jan. 26.