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Former Bradford County correctional officer facing new child sex charges

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Updated: 1/16 8:24 pm
STARKE, Fla. -- A former correctional officer with the Bradford County Sheriff's Office is back in jail, facing new charges related to child pornography.

Robert Melton, 59, faces 12 additional charges in connection to his arrest last week on one count of capital sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12.  The new charges include one count of promoting or distributing sexual performance by a child, and 11 counts of possession of child pornography.

Investigators received a search warrant after the initial arrest.  The sheriff's office said investigators found the new evidence after searching his computers, cellphone and other items.

After being booked into the Bradford County Jail, authorities say Melton will be taken to an undisclosed jail for his safety.

He's being held on a $1.2 million bond.  Melton resigned after his arrest last Friday.

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