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Middle school employee arrested on child porn charges

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 22-099


Wednesday July 13, 2022 12:00 PM


Hillsborough County, FL
Middle school employee arrested on child porn charges

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has arrested a middle school employee on multiple counts of possession of child pornography.

Sean Shafer, 23, was arrested on July 15, 2022, after a search warrant revealed 15 confirmed child pornography files on his electronic devices. HCSO detectives were made aware of Shafer's illegal internet activity through a cyber tip in May. Shafer is employed as a paraprofessional, working as a teacher's aide at Mulrennan Middle School located at 4215 Durant Rd in Valrico. At this time, no students are suspected of being victims. All of the images appear to have been obtained off the internet.

"The well-being of children should be the top priority for all of our school district employees, so it is especially upsetting that someone who works in the classroom would share obscene images of children online," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Our office will continue working diligently to find and arrest any individual who seeks to take advantage of minors or aides in their victimization."
Shafer is facing 15 counts of possession of child pornography, 26 counts of in-state transmission of child pornography by electronic device, and one count of possession of obscene material.