While friends and fellow Republicans stand by Lane Rees, Walton County’s elected state committeeman, a probable cause affidavit released by the Sheriff’s Office indicates authorities had strong evidence to arrest him Monday on child pornography charges.
The affidavit states a video depicting a man having sex with a girl between 4 and 6 years old was captured by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after it was sent from Rees’ computer to another person.
Further investigation led to the discovery of a zip file Rees received in an email containing “74 graphic images in which most contained child pornography,” according to the affidavit.
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Emails went out from Rees’ computer 6 minutes before and 19 minutes after the zip file was received, the affidavit said. The second was “digitally signed with the name ‘Lane.’”
As a search warrant was being served Monday at his home on Lakeview Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, Rees “admitted to being the only one who had the password to use his email account,” according to the affidavit.