VIDEO: East Naples man faces 75 charges of child porn

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— Shock and disbelief rocked a small East Naples neighborhood after Collier County sheriff’s detectives arrested a 36-year-old father of two Tuesday and charged him with 75 counts of possession of child pornography.

Robert Chester Hinote, of the 300 block of Leawood Circle, was arrested by Collier County deputies at home.

As of Wednesday, Hinote remained in jail and bail was set at $187,500.

“It’s something we would have never expected,” said Luis Velez, 48, who lives across the street from Hinote.

Velez said he saw sheriff’s deputies at Hinote’s home around 8 a.m., but that he didn’t initially know why they were there.

However Velez, who described the Leawoods Lakes development as a calm and quiet community, said he soon learned the reason.

According to reports, in February detectives with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Bureau Exploitation Unit began an undercover investigation in an attempt to identify persons using online file-sharing networks to download and share child pornography, according to arrest reports.

Through the investigation, detectives tracked child pornography files that were shared over the Internet to an Internet Protocol, or IP, on a desktop computer located on Leawood Circle.

On Tuesday, detectives executed a search warrant at the home of Douglas and Joni Scrivani, but a preliminary search of the computer didn’t turn up any files indicative of child pornography, reports said.

Upon further investigation, detectives discovered that the wireless router showed the name ROBDESKTOP with a MAC IP address as a computer that was currently using the Internet service at the residence.

Reports said Joni Scrivani told deputies that her neighbor, Hinote, had approached her husband in February about sharing the couple’s Internet service if they agreed to split the cost of a wireless router. Her husband agreed to do so, reports said.

Detectives then went to Hinote’s residence and he gave them permission to search the computer.

A preliminary forensic review of the computer turned up 75 video and picture files showing boys and girls engaged in sex acts with adults and alone. The children ranged in age from 4 to 12, reports said.

Many of the picture files showed children who appeared to be around 4 years old engaged in sex acts with an adult male, reports said.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence and retrieved additional computers, which are being forensically analyzed, reports said.

An investigation continues.

When reached at her home Wednesday, Scrivani said she didn’t want to comment.

Meanwhile Velez said the shock has yet to wear off.

“It’s a safe neighborhood,” said Velez, adding that more than once he had seen Hinote playing outside with his two kids. “We’ve never had anything happen ... except for this. It surprised me a lot.”

__ Connect with Elysa Batista at www.naplesnews.com/staff/elysa_batista

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