Cyber-crime investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) began an investigation on February 25,2013 after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), relating to the possibility of an individual trading in child pornography media files. After further investigation, the subject who owned the online account was found to be Lane Charles Rees, 61, of Santa Rosa Beach.
Based on information gathered during the investigation, a search warrant was obtained for 323 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa Beach and Rees was arrested in the late evening hours of April 1st. He was charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Transmission of Child Pornography, both third degree felonies which are punishable by a combined term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years and a fine of $10,000. Rees was transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections.