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Archive for January 28th, 2009

“Everyday Polk County Sheriff’s deputies work to keep our community a safe place for families,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “The quality of life for our residents is a top priority. This is a perfect example of that effort. The arrest of this suspect sends a clear message – illicit businesses are not welcome in our community.”

On Tuesday, January 6, 2009, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives received information that a place of business was being used to create and distribute pornographic material that may contain images of females as young as 14 years of age.

The business, “The Antique Mall,” 3170 US Highway 17, Winter Haven, is operated by 55-year-old John F. Denitto, 564 Koala Drive, Poinciana.

During a sworn interview, a confidential source told detectives that within the last 30 days a white female, who appeared to be approximately 16-years of age, had been observed at the business.

Detectives were told Denitto directed the girl to a room set up like a studio and instructed the girl to remove her clothes in order for him to take photographs. In addition, detectives were told that Denitto paid the girl $40.00 for posing nude.

Detectives were told the confidential source asked the girl her age and she replied 14. Detectives learned that Denitto uses the same side room to manufacture films that include males and females engaged in sexual acts.

At approximately 4:00 pm, on Friday, January 23, 2009, PCSO detectives, working in an undercover capacity, visited the business and observed the suspect with a hand-written sign on the counter advertising “Models Wanted Paid Hourly.” When the undercover detectives asked what types of models were being sought, Denitto said he was looking for nude, female models and would pay $20.00 an hour.

While at the place of business, detectives observed a room on the east side of the building with a white sheet covering the entrance and a sign that stated “restricted area.”

At approximately 11:36 am, on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, Polk County Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant at “The Antique Mall,” where they made contact with Denitto.

During the search several photo albums of nude women were discovered in various locations throughout the store. In a room adjacent to the southeast side of the business, detectives discovered a video camera, several photography books, a 35 MM camera, a Polaroid camera, and several nude photos of women. In addition 6 VHS tapes were seized. The Honorable Judge Kevin Abdoney determined the tapes to be obscene.

Through their investigation, detectives learned that after manufacturing the obscene material, he sends it to a location in south Florida and to another Antique Shop in Louisiana.

Post Miranda, Denitto confessed to paying women to pose for nude photographs and movies. He also said he manufactures the movies for sale. He said he charged $65.00 to manufacture and produce a pornographic movie.

Denitto is charged with 6 Counts of Manufacturing Obscene Materials, and Felony Wholesale Promotion of Obscene Material.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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