[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 03/30/21]
DeLAND, Florida — A 33-year-old man is facing 10 counts of possession of child pornography after Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents searched his home in the DeLand area of Lake County Friday.
FDLE searched the home of Christopher James Lassell at 31903 Hillside Drive, DeLand early Friday morning after receiving a Cyber Tipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that was reported by the messaging app Kik, according to an arrest affidavit.
When questioned by FDLE, Lassell admitted using the username “28joker87” to send and receive child pornography to people in chat rooms he claimed he did not know. Lassell admitted his “sexual curiosity” prompted him to view, accept and share the kiddie porn and he acknowledged the files portrayed children under 12 years old. Lassell told FDLE he did not personally know any of the children and he had not sexually abused any children.
Agents searched Lassell’s cell phone and found one video file that showed a 9-year-old girl performing sex acts with an adult male. Lassell was also charged with the video files reported in the Cyber Tip, the affidavit states. Those nine images included children as young as 4-years-old in various sex acts.
Lassell— who has a tattoo of a joker’s face, as well as one which says, “Laugh Now Cry Later”— was transported to the Lake County Jail, where he is being held on no bond.
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