Jamaican Man Held at US Airport With `Child Porn` on His Smartphone

A man, said to be a Jamaican, was on Monday held with child pornography on his cellphone as he disembarked a flight from Jamaica at the Orlando International Airport (OIA), the ABC News affiliate, WHTV9 reported on its website today.

The man, identified as Anthony Carl Spence, allegedly told investigators that one of the two videos found on his phone was shown to a class of Jamaican school children “in order to determine whether any of them had ever been molested,” a criminal complaint filed Tuesday said.

The WHTV9 report said Spence was getting off the plane when he was stopped by US Customs and Border Protection officers, who searched his phone, the complaint said.

Investigators did not say what prompted the search.

When the suspected child porn was found, officials at OIA called Homeland Security agents, who responded and took a more in-depth look at Spence’s phone, court documents said.

Spence, according to the US media report, claimed a girlfriend in New York sent him one of the videos and the other he had forwarded to a relative as a warning that her child “could be acting in a similar manner,” the criminal complaint said.

When asked about the incident involving the Jamaican school children, Spence reportedly told investigators that he was not employed by the school, but his nieces attended and he’d gotten permission from a teacher to show students one of the videos, the complaint said.

Spence, who told agents he had five daughters, allegedly admitted sending the videos to a number of friends and relatives while in Jamaica, including “women with children,” court documents said.

Anthony Carl Spence

Spence was arrested and charged in federal court with a count of possession of child pornography.