Former middle school teacher Ronald Sherman was arrested on June 21 for allegedly uploading child pornographic images on Tumblr.
Sherman, 55, was a teacher at Apollo Middle School in Hollywood, Florida. He faces several child pornography-related charges, including promoting the sexual performance of a child and possession of child pornography. He is being held on $240,000 bond. Attorney information was not immediately available.
According to the arrest affidavit, authorities began investigating Sherman in January after Tumblr employees informed them about a user who was uploading images of child pornography to their account. Investigators said the images depicted Asian and Caucasian girls as young as 10 years of age naked and in sexual suggestive positions.
Sherman said he only reblogged content posted on other Tumblr users’ walls and that would automatically get posted on his wall. He said he never uploaded images to site and “wasn’t really trying to do the kiddie porn thing,” according to the affidavit. When shown printed-out pictures of the pornography in question, Sherman told investigators that he thought the images were artistic and not sexual.
Sherman purportedly “reblogged” over 4,000 pornographic images and videos before his Tumblr account was shut down. 800 of them are considered “child erotica” and depict naked or scantily-dressed children between 3 and 12 years of age.
Investigators also obtained chat logs of Sherman and another Tumblr user in which he discussed his desire to have sex with children, the affidavit said.
“I love em young! Delicious!” Sherman allegedly wrote in one of the messages.
Sherman has taught at Apollo Middle School since 2006. Sources didn’t say what grade he taught, but he reportedly resigned from his teaching position “for personal reasons” on June 17.
Another case involving child pornography was reported in Hallandale Beach last week. Alexander Turin of Hallandale Beach was arrested on June 14 for allegedly downloading over 1,000 images and videos of child pornography.
Turin, 29, was charged with multiple counts of possession of obscene materials. He is being held in Broward’s mail jail in lieu of $551,000 bond. It is unclear if he has acquired an attorney.
According to the arrest affidavit, detectives found Turin after tracking an internet address that used a file-sharing website to download thousands of images and videos of child porn. They monitored the internet address for over a month and traced it to Turin’s home in Hallandale Beach.
Investigators executed a search warrant at Turin’s apartment and found child porn images on a computer and a 16 gigabyte thumb drive, the affidavit said. The files depicted children as young as 9 years of age being sexually exploited.
Turin reportedly admitted to downloading the files and told investigators that he had been doing it for several years. He said he knew what he was doing was wrong, according to the affidavit.
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