Fellsmere Man Charged With Multiple Counts of Child Pornography

18-year-old Gustavo Pantoja, of Fellsmere, was arrested on multiple charges of child pornography procession.
18-year-old Gustavo Pantoja, of Fellsmere, was arrested on multiple charges of child pornography procession.

FELLSMERE – On Wednesday, detectives charged a Fellsmere man with multiple counts of child pornography, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators received a tip and submitted a subpoena to AT&T U-Verse to obtain his internet usage, the arrest affidavit said.

Gustavo Pantoja, 18, was charged with seven counts of Felony Possession of Child Pornography, and three counts of Felony Transmission of Child Pornography by Electronic Device in Fellsmere.

During the interview with detectives, Pantoja told them he knew that possessing and transmitting child pornography was a crime, according to the report.

“Pantoja also told me that upon further searching his phone, I would find child pornography images of children as young as three years old and the total number of child pornography images/videos would be over 1,000,” the detective wrote in the arrest affidavit.

If found guilty, Pantoja could face several years in prison.

Pantoja was transferred to the Indian River County Jail. A judge set his bond at $10,000.

On Thursday, Pantoja was released after posting bond.

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