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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 6 months ago

Ormond Beach couple arrested on child pornography charges

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Over 2,300 photos and videos were found at the couple's home.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Following an investigation dating back to last November, an Ormond Beach couple was arrested on multiple counts of possessing child pornography, Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported on Thursday, Jan. 31.

According to a press release, 54-year-old Toni Zorda was charged with 30 counts of possessing child pornography. Her husband, 50-year-old Patrick Stephens was charged with three counts of possessing photos and videos depicting a sexual performance of a child. He's also been charged with failure to register as a sex offender, as he was previously convicted of possessing child pornography in Georgia in 2000. 

Detectives executed a search warrant on the couple's home in the 700 block of Orchard Avenue on Dec. 3, 2018, after Stephens was arrested during a traffic stop on a warrant for failing to properly register as a sex offender with previous felony charges. When Stephens returned home that day, detectives interviewed him before taking him to jail. Detectives found more than 2,300 photos and videos of girls between 5 and 12 years old in sexually explicit situations. 

Stephens remains in custody on the previous charges of four counts of failure to register as a sex offender and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bail is set at $75,000. Zorda is also being held on $75,000 bail.

VCSO asks for any potential victims of these suspects or another similar case call its child exploitation unit at 323-3574.

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