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Officer and child porn

Date: February 19, 2006

Investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Computer Crime Section, the Tallahassee Police Department and the U.S. Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Service ended a two-month investigation Friday afternoon with the arrest of a U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class.

William Miles Clarke of Jacksonville, 41, was charged with one count of computer pornography -- a third-degree felony.

According to the FDLE, the investigation began Dec. 29, 2005, when Clarke began communicating via America Online with a special agent posing online as a 14-year-old girl.

During the next two months, Clarke expressed in sexually graphic terms a repeated desire to personally meet the girl.

Clarke was arrested at about noon, when he arrived at a local restaurant in Tallahassee where he allegedly planned to meet the girl.

Special Agent Supervisor Bob Breeden commented on the case, saying, "This once again demonstrates that despite extensive recent publicity regarding such arrests, our children remain extremely vulnerable to online predators.”
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