19-year-old facing 35 counts of child pornography

    Source: Santa Rosa County Jail

    A 19-year-old is facing nearly three dozen counts of child pornography in Santa Rosa County.

    Joseph Brooks Salter was arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

    An investigation into Salter began back in October 2018 when an investigator with the Gulf Breeze Police Department met with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in reference to an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) incident.

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to the ICAC data system.

    According to an arrest report, the tip said child pornography had been uploaded to a Dropbox account that belonged to Salter. Dropbox is a program used to access a remote, off-site, data storage server and is accessible from any device with internet access and a screen capable of viewing the content.

    Authorities reviewed five of the videos uploaded to Salter’s Dropbox account and confirmed “the videos met the statutory requirements for downloading child pornography,” the report states.

    The report goes on to detail the graphic content from the five videos authorities watched.

    A search warrant was obtained by Dropbox Inc. so authorities could review the contents inside the Dropbox account.

    The report said the first folder in the files contained folders with names such as teens, young, young sex, and several more files that contained videos of people engaged in various sexual acts.

    According to the arrest report, the following files and their contents are listed based on the search warrant:

    • The file named ‘G (1)’ contained eight videos of child erotica and one photograph of child erotica, the arrest report states.
    • The file named ‘pthc vids’ contained 48 videos of child pornography, 10 videos that are not, and three photographs of child pornography, according to the report.
    • The file name ‘Young’ contained nine photographs containing child pornography, two videos containing child pornography, and four videos not containing child pornography, according to the report.

    Salter is being held in the Santa Rosa County Jail on a $350,000. He's facing 35 counts of child pornography.

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