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Man had homemade videos of sex abuse, child porn, Marion cops say

Man charged with 20 counts of child porn possession

SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. – A Silver Springs man was arrested on Tuesday on child pornography charges after Marion County deputies say he had homemade videos depicting sexual abuse and voyeurism.

Robert Earle Toole, 50, was charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography, one count possession of marijuana and one count possession of drug paraphernalia.

Toole's arrest was part of an internet sting operation and deputies said they talked to Toole online as part of their investigation.

According to deputies, Toole showed detectives a collection of child porn on hard drives at his home that he said took him years to gather.

Deputies said they also found videos and pictures of sexual abuse and voyeurism that appeared to be homemade. When questioned, Toole told deputies that he made the videos himself.

Toole is being held in the Marion County Jail on $402,000 bond. At his first appearance, Toole said he couldn't afford to get an attorney and would like a public defender. 

Toole also told deputies he had lived in Marion County for 2-and-a-half years and detectives are trying to determine if he has victims in other parts of the state.

If you have any information on Toole's possible victims, call Sgt. Michael Dodd at 352-369-3535 or Marion County Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP.

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