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John Shearen, Florida Man, Found With Biggest Child Porn Stash In State History: Police

04/05/2013 10:04 EDT | Updated 04/05/2013 10:08 EDT
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Florida police say John Shearen downloaded the most child porn in the history of the state of Florida.

And when arrested, WFTV reports, he was doing just that — downloading child porn.

Officers descended on Shearen's home in the central Florida city of Leeside on Thursday, finding a massive cache of images and videos on multiple computers, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

“We were able to seize anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million images and videos,” FDLE Special Agent Jeff Duncan told CBS News. “They were stored on several computers and external hard drives to actually being transferred from the computers to separate DVDs, and he has a DVD collection of child pornography. So, we have a lot of work to do. Those initial cases will be charged today.”

The suspect, who had turned 51 that day, faces 20 counts of child pornography possession, along with 20 more counts relating to distribution — a list that is likely to grow in the days ahead.

"Disgusting," neighbor John Boyer told WFTV. "Absolutely disgusting. I don't see how somebody can even look at that."

Investigators suggest that by the time all the evidence is accounted for Shearen may stand among the world's biggest distributors of child pornography.

Pedophiles trade porn for other child porn," internet safety expert Donna Rice-Hughes told CNN. "They often times barter or sell it. Taking someone out of the market is important, because it's another person who may be a former or current predator."

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