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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

54-year-old Ocala man jailed on 20 counts of child porn

An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security led to the arrest of a 54-year-old Ocala man after multiple files depicting child pornography were found on his desktop computer.

On Friday, February 9, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Francis Amuzzini for 20 counts of possession of child pornography.

William Francis Amuzzini
William Francis Amuzzini, 54, of Ocala

A few weeks earlier, on January 16, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations was conducting an online investigation on the BitTorrent network for offenders sharing child sexual abuse material. During this investigation, an Internet Protocol (IP) address was located that had downloaded files containing child pornography.

The agent contacted MCSO after the transmission of child sexual abuse material was geolocated to Marion County. A subpoena was served to the internet provider, which revealed that the subscriber in question was a man, identified as Amuzzini, who resided in the 5100 block of SE 41st Avenue in Ocala.

The MCSO arrest report stated that seven files of child sexual abuse material had been downloaded to a device at Amuzzini’s residence on January 16, between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. His IP address was identified as the “sole candidate” for these downloads.

A search warrant for the residence was obtained and executed on February 9. When law enforcement arrived at the home, Amuzzini stepped outside and was detained in handcuffs.

The report stated that a thorough forensic analysis of Amuzzini’s computer hard drive was conducted, and the downloaded files of child sexual abuse material were located. The lead MCSO detective described the files, which depicted toddlers and prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts with adults, as being “among the most egregious” that he has encountered throughout his law enforcement career.

During a post-Miranda interview, Amuzzini refused to discuss the incident with investigators and stated that he should speak with his attorney.

Amuzzini was placed under arrest and transported to Marion County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, according to jail records.