Hillsborough daycare worker arrested on child pornography charges

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Hillsborough County daycare worked was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges.

  • Hillsborough daycare worker arrested on child pornography charges
  • Justin Cross, 25, accused of receiving and sending photos
  • Cross worked at Child Care of Brandon, La Petite Academy in Riverview

Justin Cross, 25, worked at Child Care of Brandon and La Petite Academy in Riverview.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Cross was receiving and sending photos of child pornography.

Investigators said Cross shared images of child pornography in chat rooms and through different websites between September 2016 and January 2017.

“Well it's very disturbing for someone in a place of trust that parents drop their children off and expect them to be safe, to then find out that that person that you've entrusted your children with be potentially in contact with a person that's has an affliction or some kind of interest in looking at or sending child pornography out,” said Special Agent Supervisor Mike Stephenson.

Cross is being held at the Hillsborough County jail on 20 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of transmission of child pornography.

Anyone with additional information on the Cross or the crime, is asked to call FDLE at 813-878-7300.