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Tallahassee lawyer found with 'life-like' child sex doll, child pornography pleads guilty to charges

David Aring
Posted at 10:47 AM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 10:47:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Tallahassee lawyer has pleaded guilty to federal charges involving child pornography depicting children as young as infant age.

Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced Wednesday that David Wayne Aring, 49, pled guilty to a federal charge of receipt of child pornography.

Between March 26, 2017, and December 2, 2019, investigators said Aring used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download digital images and videos depicting child pornography at his former Tallahassee apartment.

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When they searched his apartment on Jan. 7, investigators located a USB storage device and a desktop computer.

On that device, they found thousands of digital files that "contained child pornography, including bestiality and bondage involving children under the age of 12 (most notably infants and toddlers)."

“We make a priority of punishing crimes against children as among the most heinous kinds of offenses -- and that includes the egregious crime of child pornography,” said U.S. Attorney Keefe. “Those who seek to view and maintain this illegal content facilitate the efforts of those who produce child pornography, which is robbing so many of our children of their innocence and their very childhood.”

Upon further investigation, agents found that Aring had installed a peer-to-peer file sharing program that was used to search for terms leading to child pornography, and the file sharing program was found to have been used to download over 17,000 files since May 6, 2018.

“One of our most important jobs is combatting crimes against our children, and FDLE agents continue to investigate and arrest criminals who want to harm our youth,” said FDLE Tallahassee Special Agent in Charge Mark Perez. “I appreciate our partnership with U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe and thank our agents for their work on this case.”

Aring faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He also faces up to life on supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Aring’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 16, 2021, at the United States District Court in Tallahassee.