A 60-year-old Nassau County man has been arrested on federal charges of producing and attempting to produce child pornography, U.S. attorneys say.
According to the complaint, authorities executed a search warrant at John Dewey Todd's home on Nov. 15 in Fernandina Beach.
During the execution of the warrant, Todd voluntarily spoke with law enforcement and admitted to collecting child pornography for the past "couple years," officials said.
Todd explained to authorities he saves his child pornography on two computers, discs, thumb drives and external hard drives. Law enforcement seized electronic media during their search, and a preliminary examination of some of the seized materials revealed that they contained at least 12,000 files of child pornography.
On a thumb drive seized during the search, law enforcement recovered three videos of suspected child pornography. U.S. attorneys said two of the videos depict Todd adjusting a video camera that appears to be concealed in a plant or planter, focused on a bathtub. Officials said two minor, prepubescent girls were recorded with their genitalia displayed.
If convicted, authorities said Todd faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, up to 30 years in federal prison.