Simms, 53, faces multiple child pornography charges. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to investigators, Simms is accused of downloading child pornography from September 2012 to May 2013. The computer that was used to download the files was reportedly traced to Simms.
When questioned about the files, Simms purportedly told investigators that he accidentally downloaded child pornography videos and images and would typically delete the files.
The warrant for Simms’ arrest was issued on June 7, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in Fort Lauderdale. That was the day Simms was last seen in Florida, sources indicate.
Simms was apprehended in Jamaica and was extradited back to Florida by the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday. He was taken into federal custody on Wednesday and has a detention hearing schedule for next week, officials said.
Another child pornography incident involving a Sunrise man was reported last month. Neil Greenberg of Sunrise was taken into custody on April 15 for allegedly having sex with minors and recording the encounters.
Greenberg, 60, was charged with possession of child pornography, unlawful sexual activity with minors, promoting child pornography, promoting sexual performance by a child, and unlawful use of a communication device. He was ordered held on $1 million bond. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
According to the police report, police first started investigating Greenberg in January after receiving a tip about a possible human trafficking case involving a minor. The minor had been communicating with Greenberg on Facebook. Transcripts of their conversations allegedly indicate that Greenberg had paid her for sex.
Detectives confirmed that Greenberg owned the Facebook account and obtained a search warrant. They searched his home and reportedly found a memory card hidden in a safe. The card contained over two dozen videos that purportedly show Greenberg having sex with girls as young as 14.
In an attempt to explain the videos, Greenberg allegedly wrote a text note in 2013 that says he never “knowingly” had sexual intercourse with minors and that he had kept the videos for their “evidentiary value.” He wrote that he would gladly take a lie detector test to prove his innocence, if necessary.
“These videos are kept here for the sole purpose that they may contain evidentiary value for me because of dialogue contained may prove useful. Since learning of [redacted]’s true age, I decided it would be better if I did not delete them but instead put them offline where I could get them if it ever became necessary,” Greenberg wrote, according to the report.
In addition to the child pornography allegations, investigators also claim that Greenberg operated an escort service website that connected paying users with escorts via a private forum. Police believe there may be additional victims and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
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