Sunrise Man Wanted on Child Pornography Charges: FBI

Investigators say Stanley R. Simms of Sunrise knowingly distributed child pornography.

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    Federal investigators are looking for a Sunrise man wanted on child pornography charges. Investigators say Stanley Simms shared files depicting minors engaged in sex acts. Agent Lisa Lamey comments. (Published Thursday, Jul 11, 2013)

    Federal investigators are searching for a Sunrise man that is wanted on charges of child pornography.

    Investigators say Stanley R. Simms, 47, knowingly shared files in March that depicted minors engaging in sexual activity, according to a criminal complaint filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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    Federal agents searched Simms' home in June after identifying that several files containing child pornography were located on his computer, the complaint said.

    Officials said Simms told agents he had downloaded and installed a file sharing program called Ares which he would use regularly to download movies and pornography. He said he also used the internet to play World of Warcraft, conduct online banking and use social media sites.

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    Simms told agents he would download the pornography files in batches, later reviewing them for their content, and that he sometimes accidentally downloaded child pornography, the complaint said.

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    When investigators asked if they would find child pornography on his computer, he said he didn't want to say anything that would get him into trouble, according to the complaint. He said he had been downloading pornography for years and "whatever it is, it is," the complaint said.

    During their search, agents found a computer in his bedroom that had Ares installed with recent searches for terms such as 'incest,' 'daughter' and 'kill girl,' according to the complaint. Officials said they also found a thumb drive in his bedroom that had four videos with children under 16 engaging in sexual acts.

    Authorities also want to speak with Simms about another alleged incident from December.

    "We want to question Simms in regards to an alleged sexual assault of an adult female who was possibly drugged as well," FBI Special Agent Lisa Lamey said.

    Officials said Simms was last seen June 7, leaving his home on foot and that he may be driving a green/gray BMW with Florida tag 426 VXU or an older model, purple pickup truck, possibly an Isuzu.

    A purple pickup truck was parked in the driveway of a home next to a Sunrise address listed for his brother. A neighbor said he saw Simms there a just couple of days ago.

    Police and federal agents were there Wednesday morning, according to another neighbor, Pedro Hernandez, who was not aware of the child pornography charges against Simms.

    "That's something very alarming because we all have kids, I have my kids there, the neighbors have kids, they have kids that live down the block, you know, so it’s a very concerning situation then," Hernandez said.

    Simms is known to frequent adult entertainment clubs in Broward County, investigators said.

    Anyone with information on Simms' whereabouts, or who thinks they may have been a victim, is urged to call the FBI in Miami at 305-944-9101.

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