Married couple facing numerous child porn charges in Manatee County

Manatee County Sheriff's Office

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) – A husband and wife who are now facing numerous child pornography charges will have a first appearance hearing in Manatee County Friday.

Ryan Christopher Myers, 39, and his wife Alethea Jean Myers, 48, were arrested Thursday at their home on 52nd Court East in Parrish, deputies say.

According to investigators, Ryan Myers was charged with three counts of sexual performance by a child and one count of transmission of child pornography.  Alethea Myers is facing a charge for one count of sexual performance by a child.

The state prosecutor described the findings as heinous and troubling. The court affidavit revealed disturbing details about videos the couple is accused of having in their possession.

Officials said neither Ryan nor Alethea has a criminal record.

A judge set Ryan Myers’ bond at $100,000 and $25,000 for his wife. They’re both ordered not to have access to the internet or a computer until the charges are resolved.

The judge says the sexual performance charges means they were in possession of child porn and the transmission charge indicates Ryan Myers was allegedly sending and receiving content.

Undercover detectives began investigating the couple on June 17 and used an IP address to gather enough evidence to make the arrests.

This process allows deputies to track suspects who are in possession of, advertise or download child pornography, officials say.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow says more charges are pending against the couple.

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