A father and son, both registered sexual offenders, have been arrested on child pornography charges, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported today.
Wesley Stump, 67, and Roger Stump, 37, both of 7 Ave. A N., Auburndale, were charged Wednesday with 10 counts each of possession of photo of sexual performance of a child and booked into the Polk County Jail without bond.
According to a Sheriff’s Office affidavit, the arrests followed the discovery by Roger Stump’s wife of digital photos and videos that appeared to depict adults committing sex acts with children who looked to be less than 12 years old. The images were found Wednesday, while the father and son were in Tampa, on a computer located in a common area of the home and shared by the home’s residents.
According to the affidavit, Roger Stump’s wife immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office after making the discovery.
After members of the sheriff’s Computer Crimes Unit seized the computer, they found at least five video clips depicting young children being sexually abused by adults and CDs containing more images, according to the affidavit.
Sheriff’s detectives made contact with Roger and Wesley Stump and interviewed them, but neither admitted ownership of the videos or CDs, according to the affidavit.
After they arrested the two men, detectives verified that both are registered sexual offenders through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and that both have been complying with their registration requirements.
According to the Sheriff’s Office and FDLE, Wesley Stump was arrested and convicted in Hillsborough County in 1986 on a charge of sexual battery on an adult victim.
Roger Stump was arrested and convicted in Hillsborough County in 1998 on one count of sexual battery by an adult on a victim under 12 and one count of lewd and lascivious act on a child under 16, according to the FDLE. He has three prior arrests in Polk County on charges of driving without a valid license, according to Polk County Jail information.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Roger Stump’s older brother, 50-year-old Robert Vernon Stump, currently is serving a 20-year prison sentence at Hamilton Correctional Institute.
He was arrested in Hillsborough County in 2000 and convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12.