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‘Santa’ Jailed For Producing Child Porn After Son Apparently Commits Suicide During Federal Raid: REPORT

Federal agents raided his central Florida home Tuesday morning, arrested and jailed an elderly man nicknamed “Santa” on child pornography charges.

James Cox, 79, said officials from the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies arrived at his St. Cloud home around 10 a.m. after receiving a tip that child pornography was suspected to be being uploaded to the Internet from his home. 30 people arrested in raid, WESH 2 News report. His son and alleged accomplice, Henry Cox, was reportedly found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during the attack.

“The deceased was positively identified as Henry Cox. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death was determined to be suicide,” the Osceola County Coroner's Office said in a statement. report. (Related: Report: Pro Bowler arrested during game on child pornography charges)

According to WESH 2 News, during a search of the home in January, police detectives found multiple hard drives containing photos and videos of the children, two of whom are believed to be neighbors of the Cox family, as well as asking them to use the bathroom and They said they discovered sexual abuse and exploitation, including changing clothes. .

Prosecutors said the younger Cox produced some of the pornography and the older Cox uploaded it. The younger Mr Cox reportedly denied his involvement. However, prosecutors said some of the videos recorded his face and voice, WKMG reported.

“I keep waiting to be told, no, that's not true,” a neighbor told WKMG, according to news footage from the station. “I've been talking to Jim and Henry for years. They fished in my backyard. They played with the neighborhood kids.”

Another neighbor told WESH 2 News, “You wouldn't expect the houses to be this close together and I have four girls myself, so I'm a little worried.” Our children play outside. Now we always play in the backyard. It's different than before. ”

James Cox is reportedly being held in the Seminole County Jail.

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