Polk County detectives arrest nine in undercover child porn operation

May 29th, 2015 by Staff

Dunfee, 21, contacted two underage girls in Illinois via the Internet. He convinced them to send him nude pictures.


(BTLS Staff) LAKELAND, Fla. – An undercover operation targeting child pornography resulted in the arrests of nine male suspects in Polk County.

Eight of those arrested are facing possession and distribution of child pornography charges. The other suspect was also charged with lewd molestation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report detectives with the department’s Computer Crimes Unit started the investigation in early May. Earlier this week a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 500 block of Worchester Court in Lakeland.

Investigators had received information that an adult male in the home had solicited two teenage girls in Illinois via the Internet. The suspect – later identified as 21-year-old Daniel Dunfee – originally made contact with the victims on Instagram.

Dunfee then asked them to send nude photos and videos of themselves using the Kik and Snapchat messenger applications. After obtaining the pornographic images the suspect then coerced and threatened the girls the report states.

The suspect told them to send more nude images or he would put the others on social media. The girls blocked Dunfee from accessing their accounts and the father of one of the teens contacted the Elgin Illinois Police Department.

Their detectives made contact with PCSO after finding out Dunfee lived in Lakeland. Post-Miranda, the suspect admitted to creating fake Instagram, Kik and Snapchat in order to communicate with potential juvenile victims.

Dunfee was arrested and charged with 19 counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of transmission of material harmful to minors, two counts of use of computer to seduce a child, one count of misrepresenting age and use of a computer to seduce a child, two counts of extortion, two counts of criminal use of a computer and two counts of criminal use of a two-way communication device.

A search warrant was also executed at 90 Lake Daisy Blvd in Winter Haven where 34-year-old James Crawford resides. During the search warrant, detectives seized multiple computers belonging to Crawford.

During a preview of the computers, detectives located at least 120 files depicting juveniles as young as three-years-old being sexually battered by adults, and a thumb drive containing over 65,000 images and videos.

Detectives also found several firearms in the house, including high-powered rifles; two 9 mm handguns in his car; a large amount of ammunition; marijuana; and paraphernalia. During a post-Miranda interview, Crawford told detectives he was given an “other
than honorable” discharge from the U.S. Army for possession of marijuana, avoiding a court-martial; he also told detectives he smokes marijuana every day and has been since being discharged from the military.

Crawford was arrested and charged with 120 counts possession of enhanced child pornography and one count each possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Additional charges may be filed as detectives will conduct a thorough forensic analysis of all equipment seized.

Listed below are the names of the other seven suspects and the counts they are facing:

- Arthur F. Lee, a 55-year-old Lakeland man, two counts of possession of child pornography.

- Steven Rivera, a 26-year-old Kissimmee resident, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography.

- Santos Palacious, a 29-year-old Haines City man, one count of possession of child pornography and two counts of promotion of child pornography.

- Eric Reynolds, a 32-year-old Winter Haven resident, 25 counts of possession of child pornography.

- Roger Coulson, 63, of Frostproof – one count of possession of child pornography, two counts of promotion of child pornography. His wife Barbara, was also charged with marijuana possession.

- William Humphrey, a 24-year-old Lakeland resident, one count of possession of child pornography.

- Richard Murray, a 22-year-old Lakeland resident, one count of lewd molestation, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, 30 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of marijuana possession.


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