George Tay mugshot

Police find over 100 images of child porn on 55-year-old’s work computer

A Florida man was charged Saturday with 100 counts of possession of child pornography, according to The Ledger.

George Tay, 55, was arrested after investigators found child pornography downloaded to his work computer.

Sgt. Gary Gross, a Lakeland Police spokesman, said that the department hasn’t seen a case of this magnitude in years.

“We haven’t had a case in years past with this many counts.”

Tay, who worked for BrightVolt, was placed on administrative leave on April 19 after an information technology manager found the child pornography on his computer. Lakeland Police seized the computer and began an investigation.

That day, Tay returned home to leave his wife a note apologizing and telling her how to go on without him. She believed it to be a suicide note and notified the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Bank statements show that Tay had purchased a shotgun earlier that day, reports WFLA.

He was fired from BrightVolt on April 20.

A warrant was issued Friday for Tay’s arrest after the police department consulted with the State Attorney’s Office in Bartow. Gross explained why it took so long to arrest the man. Consultation and reports took some time, as well as the examination of the computer.

“It took a month and a half just to do the forensic search of the whole computer.”

He also said that the company facilitated the process saying, “BrightVolt acted proactively. The company has fully cooperated throughout the investigation.”

Investigators apparently found over 100 images of child pornography on the computer, but the State Attorney’s Office in Bartow, along with Lakeland Police, settled for 100 counts.

Some of the images depict adults sexually battering children, including at least one child younger than 5 years old.

On Monday, Tay was in the Hillsborough County jail but will be moved shortly to the Polk County Jail.

[Feature Photo: Hillsborough County Police Department]