Charles James Brown, 61, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession during a hearing April 26, according to court records.
In August 2009, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office received a tip Brown was distributing child pornography. The next month, sheriff’s deputies found sexually explicit material involving children on Brown’s computer when they served a search warrant at his home at 123 McMullen Booth Road, Lot 237. He was downloading more when deputies arrived, sheriff’s officials said.
Brown was hired by the St. Petersburg pediatric hospital in 2005. He passed all background checks and had a good work history as a full-time security officer.
When Brown was arrested, he was immediately put on administrative leave. He was terminated Oct. 2, 2009, after an internal review was conducted, said hospital spokeswoman Cindy Rose.
“He was never allowed back on campus,” Rose said.
Detectives found no evidence that Brown acted inappropriately at the hospital, and hospital officials never received any complaints about his behavior before or after his arrest, Rose said.
Charles James Brown, 61, was charged with five counts of sexual performance by a child, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators said they have been investigating the downloading and distribution of child pornography on the internet. Through the investigation, the sheriff’s office learned last month that Brown had child pornography material, the sheriff’s office reported.
Brown was arrested at his Clearwater home without incident.
There is no evidence that Brown conducted himself inappropriately at the hospital, the sheriff’s office said.
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