62-year-old man arrested on suspicion of child porn in Clay County

“We need family members to pay attention to what other family members are doing online.”

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ORANGE PARK, Fla. — The Clay County Sheriff Swat Team arrested 62-year-old Patrick William Roach on Thursday.

His arrest was the result of a six-month investigation after authorities received a tip about child sexual images being uploaded.

Roach faces 10 second-degree felony charges on possession of child sexual abuse material.

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“Many electronic devices such as computers, hard drives, cellphones and other digital media were seized for further digital forensic work,” Sheriff Michelle Cook said.

An undercover detective was not allowed to have his face shown on camera but said they seize anything from floppy disks to micro SD cards to hard drives.

“Some offenders who have been involved with this for large amounts of time, do what we call ‘collect,’ and they keep and memorialize imagery of sexual abuse of children,” he said.

In 2020, the unit investigated 154 similar cyber tips, which led to 17 search warrants and 21 arrests.

Detectives say they’ve seen a slight uptick in cyber tips about online child sexual abuse. In efforts to keep children safe and protected, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is reminding both the public and parents about the dangers and difficulties of internet-based crimes.

“We need family members to pay attention to what other family members are doing online,” Cook said. “If you suspect anything, please report it because we have to protect our children.”

The lab uses high-end forensic machines, which process digital evidence. It can take hours or months.

Their electronic scent detection K-9 has been used in dozens of cases, assisting in both support and finding electronic devices.

“He’s imprinted on chemical odors that are contained within electronics capable of data storage.”

Detectives say the electronic scent detection K-9 is the only one in the region.