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Police said they arrested John Brittle Jr., 42, after they found over 200 videos of children being sexually abused by adults on his bedroom computer on Friday. Fort Lauderdale Police Det. Deanna Garcia and Jason Galvao and other neighbors of Brittle discuss the case.
Fort Lauderdale Police said they arrested an Oakland Park man after finding over 200 videos of children being sexually abused by adults on his bedroom computer on Friday.
Many of the children shown in the videos were as young as two years old, police said.
John Brittle Jr., 42, was charged with 30 counts of possession of child pornography, and charged with using a computer to obtain child pornography, failing to register his email as a registered sex offender, and marijuana possession, police said.
In addition, Brittle was charged with possessing firearms as a convicted felon after authorities found “a cache of firearms” in his bedroom closet, police said. They said they found seven guns, including an automatic rifle, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
"It's absolutely gonna raise an alarm for everyone, us and including the community and whomever lives near him," Fort Lauderdale Police Det. Deanna Garcia said.
A Fort Lauderdale detective who is on South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found an IP address that was sharing child pornography during an undercover investigation, and police pinpointed the exact address as Brittle’s apartment at 2440 NW 33rd Street, police said.
Fort Lauderdale detectives and task force members then executed a search warrant at his apartment on Friday.
Brittle was already listed on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's website for molesting a child.
Brittle was being held at the Broward County Main Jail Friday afternoon, according to online Broward Sheriff's Office records.
“I suspected he was a total weirdo, but I didn't know to what extent," said Jason Galvao, who lives just below Brittle.
Galvao explained that he thought that because “his windows are all tinted out. He makes so much noise in random hours. I could hear it from my apartment at 3 o’clock in the morning."
Police asked anyone with information on the case to call Detective Rob Mauro at 954-888-1570 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.