A Florida Keys substitute teacher has been charged with 130 counts of possession of child pornography, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.
Earlier this month the former landlord of William Britt, 55, saw child pornography in a box as he helped Britt move out of his Cudjoe Key residence, the sheriff’s office said in a statement Monday.
The man picked up a box to put in Britt’s van, and saw photos clearly depicting child pornography as well as videos in the box, according to the sheriff’s office. He grabbed several pictures and one video to show authorities, the sheriff’s office said.
During his investigation, Major Crimes Det. Manuel Cuervo learned that Britt had been working as a substitute teacher at Sugarloaf School, had worked at other schools in the Lower Keys, and was applying for a substitute position at Glynn Archer Elementary School in Key West, the sheriff’s office said.
Britt, who is reportedly retired from the military, moved to Sigsbee Naval Air Station, where he was living in a recreational vehicle, after leaving Cudjoe Key, the sheriff’s office said. Military authorities worked with detectives on the case, it added.
After Britt interviewed for a job at Glynn Archer Elementary last Thursday, Cuervo and other detectives stopped Britt’s van. After Cuervo confronted Britt about the information and evidence he had against him, Britt admitted to possessing child pornography, the sheriff’s office said.
Two guns and a video depicting nude children were found in the van, according to the sheriff’s office.
Britt subsequently handed over 123 printed images he had which clearly showed children engaging in sexual conduct, and told Cuervo that he had numerous hard drives and USB storage devices with more child pornography on them, the sheriff’s office said.
The equipment was seized, and Britt was charged separately with 123 counts of possession of child pornography, and seven counts of the same charge for an outstanding warrant from the initial incident earlier in November, the sheriff’s office said. It continues to investigate.
Britt told Cuervo that he knows he is sick, the sheriff’s office said. He said he works at schools because he enjoys the company, and said he has been involved in many community groups involving children’s activities, the sheriff’s office added.
Britt is being held on $145,000 bond, according to online sheriff’s office records. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.