72-year-old Ocala man busted on multiple child pornography charges

Larry Smallwood

An Ocala man is behind bars after being arrested on 20 counts of possession of child pornography.

Last month, Marion County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detective Shannon Wiles received a cyber-tip about an apparent child pornography with a listed IP address in Ocala.

Detectives say they were able to identify the subscriber of the IP address as 72-year-old Larry Smallwood, who lives at 9 Hemlock Terrace Drive. During a subsequent interview, detectives say Smallwood admitted to viewing what he thought was child pornography and gave them consent to search his computer.

A digital forensic technician reviewed Smallwood’s computer and subsequently located numerous pornographic images and videos of children, a sheriff’s office report states.

Smallwood was taken into custody Thursday and booked into the Marion County Jail shortly after 5 p.m. He’s being held on $2,000 bond and is due in a Marion County Courtroom on May 14 to answer to the charges.