Alexander Katchalov admitted to downloading child pornography as a teenager, Polk County Sheriff’s Office says. And when the Computer Crimes Unit checked his iPhone X, it found two photos of “pre-pubescent females both approximately 10 years of age exposing their genitals in a lewd manner.”
Deputies searched his phone Tuesday when they showed up with a search warrant at Katchalov’s home the last four years -- Lakeland’s Elite World Gymnastics, a gymnastics complex where Katchalov, 21, coaches kids from 3 to 12 years old, PCSO says.
His parents, sister and brother-in-law have owned and operated Elite World since 2012, according to state records.
Katchalov was charged with 22 counts of possession of child pornography and admitted from about age 14 he downloaded it through late 2016.
“It makes all of us angry that someone who has regular access to graphic child pornography also has regular access to children,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. “We encourage anyone who has reason to believe that there has been any inappropriate contact between Alexander Katchalov and a child to contact us.”
According to the arrest form, an October CyberTipline report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) directed law enforcement to 24 files uploaded by email@example.com. Two files didn’t meet the level of child pornography under the law. The other 22 files — 21 videos and one photo — showed girls and boys from 3 to 10 years old in sexual acts with other kids or adults.
The example given in the report: a 3-minute, 59-second video of an adult male raping a 3-to-5 year-old girl by engaging in intercourse and making her give him oral sex.
Katchalov has a cloud storage account. The report says Katachalov admitted to starting his child porn collection in 2011 by meeting like-minded people in a chatroom. Random people in the chatroom would offer to trade pictures and videos of kids and would send links to images to download.
“Katchalov advised he knew he was doing wrong and knew he would probably get caught,” the report reads. He also said the last time he downloaded files was near the end of 2016.
“Katchalov was unable to explain the log-ins and uploads reported to the NCMEC in 2017.”