Around the region for July 26, 2013


Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Man accused of having child porn

A Gainesville man has been arrested on multiple felonies after deputies said a search of his personal computer turned up several pornographic videos featuring children.

Jeffery M. Jackson, 25, of 308 SW 16th Ave., Apt. 223, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after deputies with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at his home seeking evidence of the distribution of and possession of child pornography.

An initial search of Jackson’s computer and external hard drive turned up “several videos that contained child pornography,” deputies reported, including one involving a young girl who appeared to be younger than 10.

Jackson was charged with possession or promotion of child pornography; possession, control or viewing of child pornography; and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Thursday in lieu of $150,000 bond. Records with the Clerk of Court’s Office show he has been arrested multiple times for passing worthless checks and traffic offenses, including displaying another person’s driver’s license.

— Staff report

Interlachen death ruled a homicide

The death of an Interlachen man discovered early Thursday morning is being investigated as a homicide, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The body of Eric “Big E” Santiago, 26, was discovered at 105 Caribbean St. in Interlachen at about 5:30 a.m., according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Details about the cause of death and other aspects of the case are not being released.

The sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit are investigating, the release states.

Anyone with information related to this incident may call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 329-0801 or Northeast Florida Crime Stoppers at (888) 277-TIPS (8477).

— Staff report

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