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Published on February 20th, 2017 | by Ryan Sullivan

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FSC Employee Arrested on Child Porn Charges

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Dozens of people in Polk County were arrested this month in a sting targeting those who prey on children.

Among the 42 charged is a man who worked at Florida Southern College, Nolan Hartsaw. He was booked on possession of child pornography.

The youngest of those arrested, Hartsaw was 20 years old. Students might recognize him as an employee of Terrace Café. However, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said behind closed doors Hartsaw was committing a heinous crime.

“The fact that he was working in a cafeteria with young folks is alarming,” Judd said.

Statistically, people who watch child porn would sexually batter a young person if they had the opportunity, Judd explained.

Of the 42 arrested in the undercover operation, 19 were charged with possession of child pornography. Many of the accused were slapped with multiple counts, some up to 100 total, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

“They’re criminal deviants,” Judd said. “They’re dangerous. They need to be in prison, locked up, away from kids, because they don’t change their attitude and they don’t change their preference.”



 

Students who dine at the cafeteria said they’re concerned Hartsaw was serving them.

“It puts a negative light on the school,” FSC senior Cody Burd said.

Another student, sophomore Bugsy Ward, said he’s upset this happened at his college.

“I believe this is unacceptable, and I think a lot of other students or parents would feel the same,” he explained. “It definitely doesn’t sit well with me. There’s nothing about the situation that would be understandable in his case.”

Florida Southern’s dining services director had no comment about Hartsaw’s arrest. It’s unclear whether he had to pass a background check when he was hired, but since this was Hartsaw’s first arrest for this type of crime, it’s likely it would’ve gone undetected.

Related:

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170215/parents-child-workers-part-of-42-arrested-in-polk-child-porn-sting

http://www.wtsp.com/news/polk-co-sheriffs-office-arrest-42-in-undercover-investigation/408529949

 

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