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Police Bust ‘Most Notorious Child Porn Downloader’ John Shearen

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A Florida man was busted on Thursday by the state's Department of Law Enforcement for downloading the largest amount of child pornography they had ever seen.

At the time of his arrest, authorities say that John Shearen had more than 500,000 images and videos at his home in Leesburg, Fla. Police are calling him the “most notorious child porn downloader they’ve taken into custody.” He has been charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography and 15 counts of distribution of child pornography.

Legal officials became aware of Shearen last month while monitoring child porn websites. When they came to arrest him on Thursday, he was downloading more videos. Besides the videos and images, cops found children's underwear in Shearen’s home, which he said he wears.

Shearen has a public defender, but that could change very soon. The judge in this case is considering removing the free attorney because Shearen gets $1,500 a month from his Navy pension and has a car which he could sell to pay for a private attorney.

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"We were able to seize anywhere from 500,000 to one million images and videos,” said Special Agent Jeff Duncan. “They were stored on several computers and external hard drives to actually being transferred from the computers to separate DVDs, and he has a DVD collection of child pornography. So, we have a lot of work to do.”

Neighbors said they had no idea what Shearen was up to. "Disgusting," said neighbor John Boyer. "Absolutely disgusting. I don't see how somebody can even look at that."

"He is the No. 1 person that can distribute child pornography throughout the world," said Duncan. "And he's been doing it."

Sources: WFTV, The Global Dispatch