PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Pensacola man has been arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) accused of possessing child sexual abuse material, the FDLE has announced.
The FDLE said its agents arrested James Paul Tupas Roquelara, 21, of Pensacola, on 30 counts of possession of child sexual abuse material and one count each of promoting a sexual performance of a child and unlawful use of a two-way communication device, all felony charges.
According to the FDLE, the case began in November after multiple law enforcement investigators reportedly obtained downloads of files containing child sexual abuse material from a peer-to-peer network from Roquelara. Investigators said they determined that the internet protocol address was unique to the suspect.
Agents obtained and executed a search warrant at Roquelara’s residence on Thursday and reportedly seized multiple electronic devices. Forensic examinations of his devices allegedly uncovered evidence of videos featuring children being sexually abused, some younger than five years old.
Homeland Security Investigations and the University of West Florida Police Department assisted in the investigation.
Roquelara was booked into the Escambia County Jail and held on no bond until first appearance. Additional charges are pending further forensic review. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 1st Judicial Circuit.