Charlotte County, FL – September 2, 2022
UPDATE 3/30/2023: On March 30, 2023, Jeffrey Fontenot was sentenced to 6 and a half years to the Department of Corrections and will be registered as a sex offender.
On August 18th 2022, TFO Don Woelke received several Cyber-Tip Reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reported by Google Inc. In the reported Cyber-Tip reports from NCMEC, it contained fourteen (14) files believed to be child sexual exploitation material. Google Inc. was able to provide enough information to obtain a search warrant for additional information regarding the accounts.
On August 26, 2022, Google Inc. provided the content for the accounts as requested and a full examination was conducted. While looking through the content, it was immediately determined that the accounts belong to Jeffrey E. Fontenot (07/19/1982).
Fontenot had numerous child pornography images and videos stored in his Google Photos. While looking at the files, it appears there were numerous images and video files that depict child pornography with children as young as 6 years of age.
“The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI remain relentless in their mission to find, arrest, and prosecute any individual who preys on our children. Whether this is done in person, or virtually, law enforcement have the tools and capabilities to uncover these crimes, locate these criminals and bring them to justice,” states Sheriff Bill Prummell.
On September 2nd, 2022, Fontenot was located and placed under arrest for the following charges:
1 COUNT of 847.0135(2) – Compiling or Transmitting Computer Pornography Involving a Minor
1 COUNT of 775.0847(2); 827.071(5) – Possession of Child Pornography, 10 or More certain images or any movie (second degree felony)
1 COUNT of 827.071(5) – Possession of Child Pornography (third degree felony)