Man's child pornography arrest: 'More charges are expected' when encryption defeated

Man’s child pornography arrest: ‘More charges are expected’ when encryption defeated

(As originally published, Thu, January 18th 2024)

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (TND) — A tip about a man uploading child pornography led to his arrest on a possession charge but authorities say “more charges are expected.”

According to Sumter County detectives in Florida, “The image uploaded appeared to be a child under the age of 10.”

They investigated and early last Wednesday, Jan. 10, served a search warrant at the home of Timothy Alan Burke.

Inside, investigators reported finding an image on his computer “which depicted two children under the age of 10 engaged in sexual activity with each other.”

But finding additional evidence wasn’t easy and could not be done at Burke’s home.

Man's child pornography arrest: 'More charges are expected' when encryption defeated
Timothy Alan Burke was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, Jan. 10, 2024. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“While examining the suspect’s computer,” they explained, “it was learned encryption software was present, which makes it difficult for law enforcement to access files that may contain additional child pornography.

“Several electronic devices were seized and will be going to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for forensic analysis.”

Burke, 65, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. He was just released on Tuesday after almost a week in jail.

“More charges are expected, pending the results of FDLE’s forensic analysis of the electronic devices seized,” the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Central Florida Crimeline anonymously at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

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