A South Florida resident was picked up in Kissimmee, Florida pursuant to an arrest warrant issued out of Broward County. The defendant is accused of multiple counts of possession of child pornography. Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigators in conjunction with the Pembroke Pines and Davie Police Department discovered that Orville Bulitt had advertised child pornography on a file sharing website. Law enforcement was able to trace the images back to the defendant which led to his subsequent arrest. Broward County set the bond at $1.4 million. The defendant is unemployed, making it unlikely that the bond would be posted. Once the extradition process has been completed with the defendant being transferred to Broward County, a criminal attorney will mostly be appointed by the court to represent his interests.
Bulitt has faced serious charges involving sex crimes in Miami-Dade County. He was charged in 2003 with two counts of sexual battery on a minor. His Miami criminal attorney was successful in having the counts dismissed prior to trial. However, a records check revealed that the defendant has entered a guilty plea in 1985 to the crime of sexual molestation of victim under the age of 12. The defendant was sentenced to 10 years of reporting probation. He was not required to register as a sexual offender as he completed his sentence prior to 1997. In 1997, the Florida legislature passed a law requiring defendants convicted of certain sex crimes to register as sexual offenders and sexual predators with FDLE.
Once law enforcement became aware of Bulitt's involvement with child pornography, they served a warrant at his address and discovered the child pornography images on his laptop and other storage devices. The pictures that were discovered appear to be of children under the age of 10 depicted in various sexual positions. The images include both boys and girls, but it is yet to be determined whether the defendant created the images or merely downloaded them onto his computer. The investigation has been open for about a year. FDLE blamed the delay in the arrest and prosecution of the shorthandedness of the cyber crimes division and the number of charges filed against the defendant.
Prosecuting child pornography cases has become a priority for local, state and federal authorities. All prosecutors' offices have specialized units whose sole function is to prosecute and punish defendants charged with computer related child pornography offenses. Anyone being investigated by law enforcement for possession of child pornography or any other sexual crimes involving children face serious prison sentences. As such, individuals involved in cases with these types of charges should hire a criminal lawyer as soon as practicable. Additionally, anyone being investigated for these types of offenses should refuse to speak to law enforcement as any statements made will in most circumstances be admissible and quite damning in court.
Davie Man Faces 144 Counts of Child Pornography, Miami Herald.com, February 17, 2012.