More details released on Rees’ arrest

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 09:40 AM.

He also admitted to “sending specific emails … within minutes of receiving and sending emails which contained digital media files depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” the affidavit says.

Rees, who was charged of possessing and transmitting child pornography, was released from the Walton County Jail on Tuesday after posting a $100,000 bond.

Neither he nor his wife Brenda returned phone calls for comment Thursday.

Friends such as Steve Czonstka, Okaloosa County’s Republican state committeeman, were skeptical of early news reports about the arrest and came to Rees’ defense.

“I kind of resent the Daily News running his arrest on the front page of the newspaper. It’s kind of like they’re trying him in the newspaper,” Czonstka said.

“I was surprised and am still trying to take it with a grain of salt,” he said. “You can compare it to the Ray Sansom thing when he was accused (of grand theft). He got tried in the newspaper and eventually the whole thing was dropped.”

State Rep. Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach, called Rees’ arrest “horrifying” but didn’t cut his fellow Republican any slack.

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