All Children’s Hospital security guard arrested on charges of child pornography

September 22nd, 2009 by

CLEARWATER — An All Children’s Hospital security guard was arrested Monday afternoon after deputies accused him of downloading child pornography at his Clearwater home.

Charles James Brown, 61, faces five charges of sexual performance by a child after Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies found five sexually explicit photos or videos on his computer, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.

He was in the process of downloading more when deputies entered his home with a search warrant just after 2 p.m., Pasha said.

Brown, who was hired by the St. Petersburg pediatric hospital in 2005, had a “very solid” work history as a full-time security officer, said hospital spokeswoman Cindy Rose. He has a background in military and police work and passed all background checks, Rose said.

The hospital has received no complaints about him and, according to state records, he has a clean criminal record. He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave while the investigation continues.

Detectives have found no evidence to suggest Brown acted inappropriately while at the hospital, Pasha said.

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