ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — 41-year-old George Griffiths Jr. appeared in federal court Friday.
In court, an Assistant United States Attorney Rodney Brown shared details of Griffiths Jr.’s alleged use of an app commonly used to trade and post child pornography.
Brown said investigators traced a user’s IP address back to Griffiths Jr. in November 2020. More than 2,000 pictures and videos of child sex abuse were allegedly found on his phone, according to Brown.
Griffiths Jr.’s wife testified in court, saying, “I love my husband and I am here to support him.”
Action News Jax stopped by the Ponte Vedra Beach home Griffiths Jr. told the judge he lived in, but we did not get any answers.
Action News Jax talked with neighbors Mildred and Kenneth Watson, who live across the street.
”I’m so sorry this happened to his family. Nobody wants that to happen to his family,” Mildred Watson said.
The Watsons said they don’t know Griffiths Jr. very well, but they do know his family.
”I’ve met his wife who seems to be very nice, but I don’t know him,” Mildred Watson added.
In court, Griffiths Jr.’s wife agreed to be a third party custodian, making sure he follows the conditions the judge set for him.
The judge said those conditions included home detention with a GPS monitor, continued mental health treatment, no contact with minors and no internet access or smart devices.
The Watsons tell Action News Jax their hearts go out to Griffiths Jr.’s family.
Action News Jax learned Griffiths Jr. worked as a radiology technician at Crucial Care in Baymeadows. The CEO, Michael Shumer, told Action News Jax Griffiths Jr. was immediately suspended upon news of the investigation and then fired.
Griffiths Jr. has a trial scheduled for April 6.
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