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Sarasota man arrested for child porn dies in crash

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Posted at 11:40 AM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 14:15:51-05

SARASOTA, Fla. — A man in Sarasota who was facing charges for possession of child pornography died in a crash with a semi on Monday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol says Gerald Nicolas, 65, took his own life around 2:45 a.m. The incident led to traffic issues on southbound I-75 in Sarasota for several hours.

Nicolas was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday for 50 felony counts of possession of child porn.

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Detectives arrested Nicolas after they received information that a particular IP address was used to upload illicit images. A search of Nicolas' home on Thursday revealed the images on his electronic devices.

He was released Thursday on a $50,000 bond.

Detectives said on Thursday they also believed Nicolas exposed himself to people at local beaches.