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Man charged with child pornography, molests girl

Posted by Sheli Muniz -email

 FORT PIERCE(WFLX)---A 26-year-old man previously arrested for pornography possession now faces charges that he molested a 9-year-old girl.

St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies arrested Anthony James Baez back in April for more than a dozen counts of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Reports say he now faces charges that he molested a 9-year-old girl who often stayed as his home.

Baez, who has been confined at the St. Lucie County jail since his April 27 arrest, now faces a total of 17 felonies, said Sheriff Mascara.

Sheriff Mascara says Thirteen involve possession of child pornography, following his arrest by Sheriff's detectives April 27. The other four are the charges on which detectives arrested him Thursday.

The total bond on Baez stands at $1,125,000.

Baez was working at a tire store on Bayshore Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, when Sheriff's Internet crimes investigators, armed with a warrant, searched the tire store where Baez had downloaded the pornography to a store computer.

Other store employees were not involved in the computer and pornography crimes, Sheriff Mascara said.

Reports say that led to the arrest of Mr. Baez on Thursday for four felonies. Two of them involved illegal touching of the 9-year-old girl. Two others, also felonies, relate to Mr. Baez's attempts to get the girl to touch his private parts.

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