DELAND, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A Florida man was arrested and charged with 57 counts of possessing child pornography on Monday.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported that 48-year-old Wade Leon McKeehan was arrested on a warrant after he turned himself in at the DeLand Police Department at 2 a.m. He is charged with possessing photos and video images portraying sexual performance by a child.
They said that detectives found 25,529 electronic images and videos in McKeehan's possession. The images portrayed children of both genders between ages 1 and 13 in sexually explicit situations.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office’s Child Exploitation Unit reportedly began investigating McKeehan in December 2018. A search warrant on his home was finally executed on March 20th. Electronic devices were seized for forensic examination and detectives interviewed him.
An arrest warrant for McKeehan was issued Friday, the Sheriff's Office said. He was taken into custody and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail. He remains there on no bail allowed until his first appearance before a judge.
More charges are possible, the Sheriff's Office said. Detectives are still searching for any additional potential victims of sexual exploitation. Anyone who may have been a victim of this suspect or any similar case is urged to call the Child Exploitation Unit at (386) 323-3574.
This story was written in Orlando, Florida.