Frank Heinz Hottenrott of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested Wednesday for allegedly downloading over 100 child pornographic images and videos, news sources report. Hottenrott, 59, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on 30 counts of possession of child pornography and once count of using a computer to obtain child pornography. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail. The press did not an attorney for Hottenrott.
According to reports, this is not Hottenrott’s first arrest. On April 10, 2010, detectives conducted a search of Hottenrott’s computer after receiving an anonymous tip indicating that it contained child pornography. They arrested Hottenrott after the search turned up 1,200 images and 300 videos depicting minors engaged in sexual acts, sources indicate. Hottenrott admitted to detectives that he had downloaded and watched the illicit material and signed a statement allowing detectives to search his computers. Hottenrott was charged with 100 counts of possession of child pornography in that case.
This latest incident occurred earlier this year. Detectives with the South Florida Internet Crimes against Children Task Force detected an Internet protocol address sharing child pornographic material. Detectives tracked the IP address down to Hottenrott’s home in the 1000 block of Citrus Isle in Fort Lauderdale.
Detectives executed a search warrant on Hottenrott’s home and found an unspecified number of discs containing over 100 images and more than 30 videos that depicted children in sexual situations. Reports say the pornography showed children as young as three engaged in sexual acts. Detectives also learned that Hottenrott allegedly downloaded additional software to find the child pornography.
A deeper look showed Hottenrott’s Internet history contained searches for child porn files. Hottenrott reportedly confessed to downloading the illicit pornography. It remains to be seen what sentence he could face as a second-time offender.
In other criminal news, Cassandra Carson of Gainesville was arrested Monday after she was accused of shoplifting from an area retail store and fleeing police in the store’s parking lot, reports say. Carson, 50, was booked into police custody on charges of grand theft, fleeing an officer, aggravated assault on an officer, leaving the scene of an accident, and resisting arrest without violence. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 8:50 Monday evening at Kohl’s on Southwest 34th Street and Archer Road. The store’s loss prevention department reportedly witnessed Carson removing item price tags and concealing the items on her person. Carson later left the store without paying for the concealed items, sources allege.
Officers outside of the store attempted to get Carson to stop so they could recover the items. Instead of cooperating, Carson allegedly jumped inside her vehicle and backed up, nearly hitting one officer, reports say. Carson then purportedly sped towards another officer in the parking lot and nearly struck him as well.
Carson continued to speed through the parking lot, and she struck the side of another car before making an exit, reports say. Officers in the nearby area caught up with Carson, pulled her over, and placed her under arrest. No one appears to have been injured in the incident.