Man arrested in Polk child pornography sting sentenced to life in prison

David Lavin, 30, hit with 27 consecutive life sentences

David Lavin, 30 (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A man arrested in a 2021 child pornography sting in Polk County will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

David Lavin, 30, pleaded no contest to charges of child pornography, sexual battery on a victim under 12, lewd molestation and promoting sexual performance by a child.

[TRENDING: Homeowners insurance company exits Florida market | Win gift cards to Orlando’s Magical Dining Month | Gov. DeSantis announces SunPass toll rebate program for Florida commuters | Become a News 6 Insider (it’s free!)]

The judge sentenced Lavin to 27 life sentences to be served consecutively.

Lavin was among 16 people arrested during the pornography sting. Lavin was one of the main suspects in the operation, along with Harrison Egbert, according to deputies.

Egbert was found with over 1,000 child pornography files and admitted to sexually abusing three girls, ages 5, 7 and 8. The ex-Marine veteran and clerk at Leadfeather Guns and Ammo in Winter Haven implicated his friend, Lavin, whom he said facilitated one of his victims multiple times and recorded the abuse.

Egbert pleaded no contest in May and is already serving four consecutive life sentences.

Get today’s headlines in minutes with Your Florida Daily:

About the Author:

Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.