Two Disturbing Child Pornography Arrests: What Will Happen to These Men?

May 12, 2014 by David S. Seltzer

If you or someone you love has been arrested for Florida child pornography or solicitation charges, you may feel incredibly isolated and scared, not only because of the potential jail time and other punishments but also because of the humiliation and uncertainty.

It's useful not only to understand the law and your defense options but also to ground yourself in the realities of being a defendant. What will happen to you? What will happen to your job and your family? Etc.

To that end, let’s take a quick review of two big child pornography cases in the news recently. The first happened in Summerville, Massachusetts, where 5th grade teacher, Josh Wairi, was arrested on some very serious child pornography charges. The 27-year-old taught in public schools in Summerville as well as in nearby Cambridge. Per investigators, Wairi uploaded many videos and images of children being sexually exploited and then shared those videos with people via the web. He also allegedly admitted to investigators that he had videotaped children changing clothes in school locker rooms. He allegedly also had “hundreds” of images and videos on his computer.

Investigators' suspicions were aroused last July, when American Online (AOL) alerted investigators about suspected child pornography and his computer, and investigators linked to his IP address. After searching his apartment, they found “many photographs of children” as well as multiple computers, cameras, and a Disney themed shower curtain. He had also been advertising babysitting services on Craigslist.

Meanwhile, 29-year-old Robert Lamar Starling was arrested for producing and uploading child pornography on the web, according to U.S. attorney, A Lee Bentley, III. This Florida child pornography case is one of the biggest such busts of the year – Startling allegedly told authorities that he had made multiple pornographic videos with prepubescent children and that he had collected 7,000 such videos and 5,000 still images. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Columbia Sheriff’s Office, Suwannee County Sheriff’s office and the FBI all worked together on the investigation.

Both Wairi and Starling could face many years behind bars. Starling, for instance, could be locked away for over 30 years. The team here at Seltzer Law, PA is dedicated to providing a fair and ethical defense for people facing Florida cybercrime charges. Call us now at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE or (888-843-3333) for a confidential and free assessment of your case.