Warren Hamilton, who used to work at the State Attorney’s office in Fort Myers, entered a guilty plea to child pornography charges yesterday in Federal court. It did not go well. Hamilton apparently refused to admit to the allegations. According to reports, he finally entered a plea, but never admitted to knowingly downloading porn. He told the court that some of the images ended up on his computer, and he was trying to investigate, and that in doing so he “ended up downloading some images and files.”
It may come across to the court that he isn’t sincere, or isn’t taking responsibility for his actions… and that’s not a good thing. According to NBC2, he’s facing from 5 to 30 years for the charges he pled to. He is out on bond awaiting sentencing when he comes back before the court. I doubt that his claims about accidentally downloading some child pornography will impress the judge, especially considering that he worked in the IT department for the State Attorney’s office for a long time.
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s news of longtime SAO employee Warren Hamilton being arrested for 20 counts of possession of child pornography, a Cape Coral police officer has been arrested for sexual activity with a minor 16 or 17 years old. Officer Casey Ortiz, who got in trouble a few years ago in the raise for educational credits he never completed scandal (there were several Cape officers involved in that scandal a few years ago), allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-0ld.
First: I used to work at the SAO, and knew Mr. Hamilton, and am shocked, as are other employees I’ve talked to. Obviously nobody there had any idea. The State has already announced that they will ask the governor to appoint a prosecutor from another circuit to handle the prosecution. The SAO has already moved to terminate his eomployment. This should not affect any prosecutions handled by the office.
Secondly: the correct charge is Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minor, a second degree felony and one that could subject the accused to sex-offender sanctions… and up to 15 years in prison. I don’t know why LCSO has the charge listed as a sexual assault, it’s a different section of the statutes.
Both individuals are innocent until proven guilty.