Green Cove Springs, FL

Green Cove Springs teen arrested for child porn

Lauren Fox

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Ernest Laster, 19, was arrested May 4 in Green Cove Springs on charges of possession of child pornography and transmission of pornography by an electronic device, according to a Clay County Sheriff's Office report.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit received a notice in December 2021 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about someone uploading a chat in Green Cove Springs that may have contained text, audio, images and video related to child pornography.

A subpoena was submitted to Comcast the same day for the subscriber information of the person related to the chat, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Comcast responded to the subpoena with the name of the subscriber and Laster’s home address, said the report.

The investigation showed probable cause that someone at Laster’s home address had shared child abusive material, wrote sheriff’s deputies. Authorities carried out a search warrant on May 5 of Laster’s home.

“It should be noted that the defendant has a juvenile brother who lives in the same residence,” Clay County Sheriff’s deputies wrote. “While on scene, numerous neighborhood children were seen in the immediate vicinity of the defendant's residence.”

Clay County Arrests

The following people have recently been booked into the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The information provided is based on reports from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and does not include accounts of all the people involved. All of the following people are presumed innocent until found guilty in court.

Saturday 5/14

JAMES WALKER LEE DEAN, AGE 26, arrested on charge of 1) RETAIL PETIT THEFT $100-$750 VALUE (MISDEMEANOR), 2) RESIST/OBSTRUCT/OPPOSE OF OFFICER WITHOUT VIOLENCE (MISDEMEANOR), 3) USE ANTI-SHOPLIFTING DEVICE (FELONY), and 4) ESCAPE (FELONY) at ORANGE PARK, FL on 05/14/22 18:21:00

MICHAEL ANTHONY LINEHAN, AGE 50, arrested on charge of INTRODUCE/REMOVE CONTRABAND INTO COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY (FELONY) at GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL on 05/14/22 12:16:00

MICHAEL EDWARD WESTWOOD, AGE 31, arrested on charge of AGGRAVATED BATTERY ON PREGNANT FEMALE (FELONY) at GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL on 05/14/22 09:18:00

JASON ANTHONY MONTAGUE, AGE 45, arrested on charge of 1) FTA/ POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON (FELONY), and 2) FTA DUI (MISDEMEANOR) at GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL on 05/14/22 03:24:00

CHRISTIAN DAWNELL HIGHSMITH, AGE 36, arrested on charge of 1) TRAFFICKING FENTANYL (FELONY), 2) COCAINE-POSS-WITH INTENT TO SELL MFG DELIV ETC SCHEDULE II (FELONY), and 3) DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS-AND OR USE (MISDEMEANOR) at ORANGE PARK, FL on 05/14/22 00:23:00

Sunday 5/16

TIMOTHY LEE HIGGINBOTHAM, AGE 34, arrested on charge of WRIT OF BODILY ATTACHMENT NON-SUPPORT (MISDEMEANOR) at ORANGE PARK, FL on 05/15/22 23:07:00

DAVID MICHAEL CARTIER, AGE 26, arrested on charge of 1) VANDALISM OVER 200 DOLS UNDER 1000 DOLS (MISDEMEANOR), and 2) DISORDERLY INTOXICATION (MISDEMEANOR) at BLANDING BLVD MIDDLEBURG, FL on 05/15/22 21:50:00

JULIO VICTOR BLANCO, WHITE, MALE, AGE 68 , arrested on charge of 1) AGG ASSAULT W/DEADLY WEAPON WITHOUT INTENT TO KILL (FELONY), 2) RESIST/OBSTRUCT/OPPOSE OF OFFICER WITHOUT VIOLENCE (MISDEMEANOR), and 3) DUI .15 OR HIGHER OR WITH PERSON UNDER 18 IN VEHICLE (MISDEMEANOR) at MIDDLEBURG, FL on 05/15/22 14:35:00

RYAN VANCE BEVIS, AGE 34, arrested on charge of DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS-AND OR USE (MISDEMEANOR) at GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL on 05/15/22 14:21:00

JAMIE CHRISTOPHER RHODEN, AGE 31, arrested on charge of 1) SIMPLE BATTERY (MISDEMEANOR), 2) SIMPLE BATTERY (MISDEMEANOR), and 3) ADULT FALSE IMPRISONMENT (FELONY) at ORANGE PARK, FL on 05/15/22 07:34:00

MATTHEW LEE JACKSON, AGE 22 , arrested on charge of 1) COCAINE-POSSESS-POSSESS COCAINE (FELONY), 2) DRUGS-POSSESS-CNTRL SUB WO PRESCRIPTION (FELONY), 3) MARIJUANA-POSSESS-POSSESS MARIJUANA OVER 20 GRAMS (FELONY), 4) DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS-AND OR USE (MISDEMEANOR), and 5) CONCEALED WEAPON LAW VIOLATION (MISDEMEANOR) at ORANGE PARK, FL on 05/15/22 03:05:00

MICAH PATRICK COTHERN, AGE 30, arrested on charge of DRUGS-POSSESS-FENTANYL (FELONY) at GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL on 05/15/22 01:58:00

Monday 5/16

DEDRICK DEMARK GILLIAM, MALE, AGE 45, arrested on charge of CONDIT RELEASE VIOLATION (MISDEMEANOR) at ORANGE PARK, FL on 05/16/22 04:59:00

PAUL STEVEN HULBERT, AGE 26, arrested on charge of VIOL INJ FAILURE TO SURRENDER FIREARM OR AMMO (MISDEMEANOR) at MIDDLEBURG, FL on 05/16/22 13:31:00

JASON JUNIOR BRATCHER, AGE 29, arrested on charge of 1) STOLEN PROP-DEAL IN - DEALING TRAFFIC STOLEN PROPERTY (FELONY), and 2) FRAUD - FALSE OWNER INFO PAWN ITEMS - LESS THAN 300 DOLS (FELONY) at GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL on 05/16/22 10:55:00

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