Melbourne man facing 90 charges related to downloading explicit images involving children


Authorities allege a 37-year-old Melbourne man downloaded explicit images of children and is now booked in the Izard County Jail on 90 counts of related charges.

According to a release from the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Gavin R. Winter (pictured below) was arrested Oct. 1 after an investigation that began on Aug. 18.

Image via Izard County Sheriff’s Department

Authorities say the Arkansas State Police received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on that date, giving the email address and phone number of an individual that had been uploading explicit images of children to a cloud storage account.

Search warrants were obtained for the information on the accounts, and Winter was later interviewed. According to the sheriff’s department, Winter stated he did download the images of the children that were explicit in nature.

Winter is being held in the Izard County Jail on 90 counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, the department said.

Judge Tim Weaver has ordered Winter to be held on a $20,000 professional bond.

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