Pasco school employee facing child porn charges

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - A man who ran an after-school program for children in Pasco County was arrested after federal agents raided his home.

Inside, they found a stash of DVD’s containing child pornography.

Kenneth Dempsey, 52, is now sitting in the Pinellas County Jail.

Parents entrusted Dempsey to watch their kids, but that trust was broken, deputies said.

“I was walking outside and I saw so many FBI cars out there,” said neighbor Zlata Nuhanovic.

Inside investigators were questioning Kenneth Dempsey, an after-school program administrator at Schrader Elementary.

“Every time me or my husband say hi he never says anything,” said Nuhanovic, who referred to Dempsey as "weird."

An FBI task force tracked Dempsey down after it was found he was exchanging child pornography through a website called Shutterfly. Officials say he was linked to a group which shared more than 17,000 images, most depicting underage boys.

“It’s horrifying, it’s shocking,” said Pasco County Schools PIO Linda Cobbe. “In this case the guy had no disciplinary record, he was a good employee, he had worked for the district for more than 20 years.”

The complaint goes on to say he uploaded 21 images and nine videos as recently as Sunday that showed sex acts between children.
 
Investigators say after admitting this, he led them to an AC vent in the wall. Behind it they found more than 100 discs containing similar material.

“We never knew our neighbor could do something like that,” said Nuhanovic.

But most in the neighborhood said they never knew Dempsey at all, saying he kept to himself most of the time caring for his yard and six-year-old adopted son.

Many times, he was seen meticulously cutting his grass nearly every night.

The FBI says he has denied having any personal involvement with the children depicted in the photos and videos.

“We sent out an email to parents last night letting them know their children’s safety is our top priority,” said Cobbe.

Dempsey’s adopted son is with child protective services. The FBI has not released any information about the well-being of the child yet, something investigators are looking into.

A bond hearing is expected to take place in federal court sometime this week.

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