Ponte Vedra Beach man arrested on child porn charges

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A Ponte Vedra Beach man was arrested on charges of 20 counts of child pornography last Thursday, Nov. 9.

Christopher Michael Richard, 39, was taken into custody without incident by St. Johns County Sheriff’s (SJSO) officers at his residence at 611 Ponte Vedra Lakes Blvd., Apt. 4303.

Officers from the sheriff’s office’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) department began investigating Richard approximately a month ago after receiving information that a person was uploading images of suspected child pornography, according to a statement from SJSO.

The sheriff’s office executed a search warrant of Richard’s home on Nov. 9 and seized numerous electronics devices. Images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children were located on a computer belonging to Richard, the sheriff’s office said in the statement.

Richard is booked at the St. Johns County Jail, and was released Saturday on a $100,000 bond. Additional charges are pending further investigation by SVU/ICAC detectives of the sheriff’s office.

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