New details about phone left in Walmart leads to child porn
New information about a sickening case in southwest Florida. A cell phone discovered in a Walmart shopping cart containing more child pornography images than originally thought. Video by fox4now.comvideo
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - According to new information from the State Attorney's Office, there were pictures of several toddlers on it, too.
As night falls on the home where suspected child molesters Alan Johnson and Jennifer Sparks lived in North Fort Myers, we're learning more about what investigators say they found there.
It all began three months ago when David Widner and his girlfriend Linda Vo, found a cell phone at a Cape Coral Walmart with thousands of lewd pictures of children, including a four-year-old girl, they were looking after at the time.
"The farther you scrolled down, it just got worse, they were horrible," said Widner, 22, of Cape Coral. "There's pictures of three small girls, they were nude, they were posed. You could tell it was awkward for them."
Widner gave it to police who traced the cell to Johnson and Sparks. Johnson is a registered sex offender from a child porn conviction in 2003.
When investigators searched the house they found another cell phone with more disturbing images of the same child. They also found other sexually explicit images and videos of other kids on four USB drives and a Micro SD card. Tonight, the couple sits in jail without bond.
And we're learning more about that four-year-old child the couple's accused of sexually assaulting.
"There's this young girl sitting in the back seat and it looks like someone had pried her legs open taking pictures she was still clothed," said Widner, of the little girl.
Court documents show her mother was a friend of Spark's and allowed her and Johnson to babysit the child for two weeks, which turned into three. But when the mom wanted her home in Orlando, the couple wouldn't give her back. They claimed "the brakes on Alan's van were out and they had no money to bring her home."
"It's awful stuff to say the least," said Widner. "It's things that i wouldn't want to happen to any kid."
And that has him feeling now more than ever that he made the right call to turn in the phone.
"I hope anybody who's a proper human being would do the same thing," explained Widner. "Kids aren't meant to be like that they're little things that have to be cherished."
Johnson and Sparks are due in court for a hearing on Dec. 5.