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Two Tampa men arrested on child porn charges

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: April 19, 2013 at 02:14 PM

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Two men were arrested on child pornography charges after sheriff’s detectives executed search warrants Thursday morning at their Carrollwood area homes, deputies said.

Eric Wiley Knight, 23, of 4915 Oakshire Drive, faces 21 counts of possession and seven counts of distribution of child porn. Michael James Navas, 30, of 14103 Basin St., faces 73 counts of possession of child porn.

The arrests followed two-month investigations by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Predator Unit, the agency said.

About 7:15 a.m., detectives seized two computers and several digital media items from Knight’s home. Investigators later determined Knight was in possession of image files showing children, approximately ages 3 to 13, having sex, the sheriff’s office said.

About 9:45, detectives seized two computers and several digital media items from Navas’ home. Investigators later determined Navas was in possession of image files showing children, approximately ages 3 to 13, having sex, the sheriff’s office said.

After being read his Mirada rights, Navas admitted to downloading the images, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Debbie Carter said in a news release.

Knight and Navas were taken to the Hillsborough County Jail. Knight’s bail was set at $420,000 and Navas’ bail was set at $1.095 million, according to the jail website.

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