Detectives Bust Several People for Child Exploitation

Green Cove Springs, Fla. Aug. 3 – A cyber tip led to the arrest of Marion Keith Nichols. Internet Crimes against Children, Special Victims and Cyber Crimes detectives with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nichols, 56, of Green Cove Springs yesterday on 13 charges involving child pornography. Detectives found several images and videos of child exploitation in Nichols’ home.

“This type of crime will not be tolerated. We have made several arrests involving explicit images of children. My detectives often work closely with Homeland Security Investigations on child exploitation cases. This is a serious problem and we are cracking down on those who commit heinous acts on our kids,” said Sheriff Darryl Daniels.

Detectives have made several arrests since February involving child exploitation. Kevin Michael Steedley, 27, of Green Cove Springs was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography on July 5. He confessed to possessing explicit images and videos of children.

Detectives arrested Anthony Mark Jacobs, 21, of Middleburg for use of a computer to solicit, lure or entice a child and transmission of harmful material to a child. He sent lewd images of himself online to a minor and possessed child pornography. Authorities arrested him on July 5.

Jason Peter Fruish, 39, of Orange Park was charged July 13 with soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using a computer and possession of child pornography. He engaged in an online relationship with a minor and sent lewd images to the minor. He also received lewd images from the minor.

Rashawn Dante McCloud, 23, of Jacksonville faces a charge of transmission of harmful material to a child. Investigators found that he tried to solicit sex online with a minor in Orange Park and showed the child lewd images of himself. He was arrested on Feb. 24.

Chris Padget