An Army Specialist, formerly of Lakeland, has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of child pornography.
31-year-old Nathan Scott Gray, was arrested on Thursday in North Carolina. Gray had 10 counts of child pornography on an outstanding Polk County Warrant.
Gray has been stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina as a soldier and is assigned to the 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) as a Unit Supply Specialist.
In February, Polk County Sheriff's Office computer crime detectives began an investigation about the possible download of child pornography at a home on Fairlane Drive in Lakeland. Detectives discovered Gray was
visiting family in Lakeland at the time of the download.
PCSO detectives worked with Army CID (Criminal Investigation Division) members and served a search warrant and seized Gray's computer equipment on February 8. During a forensic investigation of Gray's electronic devices, PCSO detectives found ten images/videos depicting child pornography including images of children as young as three years old being sexually battered by adults. Gray downloaded and made these files available to the public.
"This is disturbing. A man who is active in the military in a position of public trust has a secret life behind a computer. The possession and sharing of child pornography victimizes children and families," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "We will not tolerate it in Polk County. Our detectives did an outstanding job investigating and following leads to Scott Gray. He will be held accountable."
Gray was booked into the Cumberland County Jail under a $100,000 bond. He will be extradited to the Polk County Jail at a later date.