Thomas Dray of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested Tuesday after detectives allegedly located child pornography on his home computer, news sources indicate. Dray, 23, was booked into the Broward County Jail on 30 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of using a computer to collect and compile child pornography. His bail bond was set at $31,000. It is not yet known whether Dray has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
Reports say investigators visited Dray at his home after an investigation by the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A detective on the force apparently discovered that an I.P. address that had been sharing child pornography online traced back to Dray’s home, located on the 3000 block of Southwest 16th Street The detectives went to the home and requested to search Dray’s computer; he consented to the search. During a brief sweep, officials reportedly found pornography involving children.
The investigators secured a search warrant and returned to the 16th Street home to conduct a further analysis of Dray’s PC. During an in-depth scan, detectives purportedly found nearly 1,000 videos that showed children involved in sexual situations with adults. According to reports, the majority of the children were young females ranging from five to 14 years of age. During questioning, Dray reportedly admitted to downloading and collecting the illicit pornography.
During a court hearing later on, a Broward County Judge ordered that Dray be restricted from using a computer unless it was for work-related business. He also ordered that Dray have no private contact with minors until his sentencing. The confiscated videos were reportedly transferred to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in hopes that the victims could be identified. At this time, it does not appear as though police suspect that Dray was involved in actually making any of the films.
In other news, Lamichael C. Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida was arrested Monday after he was accused of stealing clothes from a local shopping mall, reports indicate. Williams, 19, was booked into police custody on charges of grand theft and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. It is unclear whether he was granted bail or if he has retained legal representation.
Reports say the incident began sometime Monday afternoon at a Bloomingdale’s located in The Gardens mall in Palm Beach Gardens. A security officer alleges that Williams worked his way through the store’s clothing department, picking up articles of clothing before attempting to try them on. According to the security officer, Williams tried to leave the store without paying for the clothing he collected.
The officer followed Williams out of the mall’s north exit and confronted him, reports say. However, Williams allegedly turned and fled towards the eastern portion of the shopping mall. According to reports, Williams climbed into a vehicle, but was blocked in by another security officer’s vehicle. From there, the security officers allege that Williams backed into their vehicle, pulled forward, hit a tree, and then reversed back into their vehicle again. He then purportedly fled the scene, but police officers caught up with him at the intersection of North Congress Avenue and Northlake Boulevard, where he was arrested.