Molino Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced On Child Porn Charges

October 9, 2019

A Molino man was sentenced to state prison Tuesday on child pornography charges.

Steven Ryan Godwin pleaded guilty to nine counts of possession of child pornography and was sentenced by Judge Jan Shackelford to nine and a half years in state prison. He will also be designated as a sexual offender upon release.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement had charged Godwin with 20 counts counts of possession of child pornography for images found on his cellphone, along with one count of transmitting child pornography for a file he allegedly sent by Facebook Messenger. According to an arrest report, the Facebook message depicted an exposed 11-13 year old nude female sitting against a wall.

In August 2018, FDLE agents received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a suspect was uploading child porn to another user on Facebook. Authorities were able to trace the uploads to a residence in the 3500 block of Highway 97 in Molino.

FDLE agents obtained a search warrant that was served at Godwin’s residence in September 2018. When the occupants of the home were exiting, Godwin continued to reach towards his waistband before dropping a LG cell phone, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.  The phone was seized and contained child pornography images featuring children under the age of 10, with multiple images including children younger than two years old, according to FDLE.

Analysis of the phone included the image allegedly sent via Facebook Messenger and 140 child pornography images, according to FDLE.

Comments

6 Responses to “Molino Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced On Child Porn Charges”

  1. Rasheed Jackson on October 11th, 2019 9:50 am

    @ Concerned, I am sorry but these comments are not what disrespected his family. Steven Godwin disrespected and brought shame to his family. None of the comments are directed at his family so how are they being disrespectful. And the only reason he admitted to guilt was to lessen his sentence. He was first caught then admitted to guilt. That is not a step to rehabilitation, that is self preservation.

  2. Stumpknocker on October 10th, 2019 9:47 pm

    @ concerned, I don’t really care about his family or feelings to honest with you or anyone else, he put them in the spotlight, not anyone on here. How bout thinking of the children he contributed to and the abuse they suffered and will continue to suffer. And don’t make him or his family a victim, that blame lays at his feet and no one else’s.

  3. Concerned on October 10th, 2019 1:58 pm

    I realize that this man is guilty and what he was very wrong and he for sure needs to face the consequences. The first step in recovery is to admit your guilt. He let the devil overcome his mind and acted on it. But what some of you are putting on comments is really disrespectful to his family. You should all consider what they are going through. You never know,you might be in the same situation as they are one day. God has taught us to forgive. Everyone should be praying that this will change his life for the better and he will come to know God.

  4. Sedition on October 10th, 2019 8:23 am

    I’m glad that I can’t wrap my head around the fascination with child porn. It takes a sick individual to see kids in that way.
    If acting on this behavior is uncorrectable, then there are only two options to deal with them.

  5. rance on October 9th, 2019 6:36 am

    So he is going away for 9.5 years-punishment for the offense, but he will still be the same individual when he gets out and being imprisoned affords the strong possibility to cultivate this sickness for child pornography even more…..

  6. Eric on October 9th, 2019 2:30 am

    Really what in the heck is wrong with people! The creep will be back out in 10 years. Nasty freak of nature! Needs to be gone out this world! Innocent little children being caught up in this messed up stuff!





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