Central Florida detention deputy Robin Leigh Pagoria, 45, was accused of disrobing and restraining two young girls while she spanked and videotaped them. According to the report, the girls were between the ages of 10 and 18. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that Pagoria posted the videos online for her boyfriend to download. On Thursday she was charged with child abuse and producing child pornography. Pagoria resigned on Thursday; she had been a deputy for six years. Pagoria will be entitled to legal representation from a Florida criminal defense attorney or the services of the public defender’s office. It would appear from the news report that there is evidence against Ms. Pagoria but the court proceedings will determine the extent of admissible evidence and what elements of the alleged crimes can be proved and are proved.
Under federal law, child pornography is defined as any visual depiction, including any photograph, film, video, picture, or computer or computer-generated image or picture, whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical, or other means, of sexually explicit conduct, where:
-the production of the visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or
-the visual depiction is a digital image, computer image, or computer-generated image that is, or is indistinguishable from, that of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or
-the visual depiction has been created, adapted, or modified to appear that an identifiable minor is engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
It is a federal crime to knowingly possess, manufacture, distribute, or access with intent to view child pornography. In Florida, it is a third degree felony under Florida Statutes 847.0135, 847.0138 and 827.071. All other states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia also have laws that criminalize the possession, manufacture, and distribution of child pornography. As a result, a person who violates these laws may face federal and/or state charges.
For more information on this topic, see Florida Deputy Accused of Videotaping Girls While She Spanked Them.