July 27, 2018
CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla – FDLE agents arrested Merrick Smith, 24, of 107 Blackfoot Road, Crawfordville for nine counts of possession and one count of transmission of child pornography.
In April 2018, FDLE agents received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and identified the suspect in Wakulla County. Agents obtained a warrant and seized Smith’s mobile phone which contained multiple child pornography videos featuring children under the age of 10.
Smith was booked into the Wakulla County Jail. Additional charges are dependent upon completion of forensic exams. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office, Second Judicial Circuit.
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