Cantonment Man Charged With Possession of Child Pornography

September 28, 2021

A Cantonment man is facing multiple child pornography counts.

Steven Martin Spurlock, 63, was charged with 10 felony counts of possession of child pornography.

According to an arrest report, the lewd images depicted female children under the age of five.

Two children told a family member that Spurlock frequently showed them child pornography images and videos on his tablet, according to an arrest report, in addition to adults in sexual situations.

Spurlock provided an investigator access to his tablet but said he was uncomfortable with a forensic analyst attempting to recover deleted items, if any. The tablet was seized until a search warrant was obtained. At least 10 thumbnails depicting child pornography were later recovered from the tablet, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Spurlock remained in the Escambia County Jail Tuesday morning with bond set at $250,000.


11 Responses to “Cantonment Man Charged With Possession of Child Pornography”

  1. ChildrenFirst on October 2nd, 2021 10:40 am

    Well said, David. However, statistics show there are really no successful rehabilitation programs, behavior modification or recovery methods for child pedophiles. And, unfortunately, child predators (convicted or otherwise) will seek other means, bypassing law enforcement, to obtain horrific images of innocent children. Poor, affluent, well-respected community members or otherwise, will always seek out ways to obtain images off the radar of law enforcement.

  2. Susie on September 29th, 2021 8:36 am

    Child molesters are certainly a category all their own. There should be an open hunting season on them. These people are NOT sick….they are pure evil preying on precious children who cannot defend themselves. The devil himself cannot possibly be any uglier. There is a special place in hell for these perverts of the worse kind where the heat is turned up to extra crispy.

  3. David on September 28th, 2021 7:54 pm

    It’s simply not possible for any Internet Service Provider (ISP) to reliably block access to any specific content that is hosted anywhere online outside of their direct control. Such is an unrealistic expectation that puts the focus in the wrong risk mitigation wheelhouse. This is because:

    While ISPs are sometimes capable of blocking access to content their customers may access via the service they provide — it is technically trivial to work around such blocks. The primary methods of working around such blocks today are use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) and/or Hype Text Transfer Protocol over Transport Layer Security / Secure Socket Layers (collectively referred to as HTTPS). These technologies are intergraded into applications so that anyone who can use an app-store to download an app can bypass the blocks.

    While these technical tools exist for other legitimate usage – like a hammer – they can be used or misused. Legitimate uses of these technologies are numerous, for examples: enabling secure web browsing (where the lock appears in the address bar), allowing remote workers to access corporate systems, allowing cell phone providers to protect calls placed over wi-fi from eavesdropping, enabling cross-internet play of games originally created for local network play.

    There are several heroes in the news story. Firstly, the children reported it to the family member. Second, the family member who listened and reported it to authorities. Third, the ECSO – doing their job investigating it. Since there is no technical way to prevent people from hosting and others from accessing illegal material — relationships like this matter most.

    If found guilty, I hope they throw the book at him and require him to pay for any counseling the those impacted need.

    - Veteran, former Navy LEO, Certified Information Sytems Security Professional, Certified Ethical Hacker, Microsoft Alumni

  4. William 2 on September 28th, 2021 5:44 pm

    @ 11B OEF combar veteran My solution has absolutely nothing to with instilling fear to gain compliance, that has nothing to do with it, it has everything to do with ridding society of an incurable sickness!!!
    What’s the difference between what I’m suggesting and what is currently being done with murderers? Why is taking a life the only justification for the death penalty? child molestation is just as heinous in my opinion. Castration has been proven ineffective in preventing recidivism in molesters, because it’s a mental illness, but a mental illness that can never be controlled, so death is the only true solution for these people. Whats your solution, besides warehousing? The other medieval practices you mentioned, you know that has no place in civilized society. Besides, I’m not talking about using execution as a deterrent. I’m saying that these molesters have no right to life, that they do not deserve to breathe, much less be kept alive and taken care of on tax payer dollars. I see nothing inhumane about killing a child molester, dogs are put down for less and these people are lower than dogs!!!

  5. 11B OEF Combat Veteran on September 28th, 2021 1:31 pm

    William 2 – My hero

    Up the ante, public hanging, followed by castration, drawing, quartering, and beheading.

    How much sub-human behavior will we have to be subjected to then, I wonder.

    Probably a lot less… Fear works!

  6. William 2 on September 28th, 2021 12:23 pm

    @PB I left out something important, it has nothing to do with free speech or due process, internet providers are the owners of their platform and can set the rules for content, they block sites all the time, legally!!!

  7. William 2 on September 28th, 2021 12:19 pm

    @PB Your wrong, Internet providers are very much capable of removing or blocking such content, but they choose not to block it. It wouldn’t be hard to program artificial intelligence to recognize certain key words or even images. I m hoping that this is just one of the tools being used by the national center for missing and exploited children to catch these perverts. If not, it should be.

    @JODY These people could easily find someone their age, but these monsters don’t want someone their age. There’s no fixing this type of mental illness, society shouldn’t be burdened with supporting and caging them, death is the only cure for this sickness!!!

  8. PB on September 28th, 2021 10:21 am


    Its alot more complicated.
    What if the site is hosted in a foreign country like russia or germany. The US cant do anything on our own. As per our constitution we cant restrict free speech and by blocking web sites it is restricting the spread of information. If the government gets the power to block any site without due process then it becomes a big civil right issue. One bad apple could start blocking any site that doesn’t agree with their beliefs.
    Its the same reason we cant block sites that spread dangerous information like COVID hoaxes or conspiracy theories.

  9. JODY on September 28th, 2021 8:47 am

    Another old man abusing children! Can’t you find women your own age?

  10. Bewildered on September 28th, 2021 7:46 am

    I am sick of the fact that all these websites are not being taken down faster than they can be renewed. Come on people, everyone‘s phone is being monitored and censored 24-7. you cannot look at any one item without getting 100 offers from all companies to buy it, cannot make one political no longer deemed politically correct – boom your entry is taken down. Websites like Facebook ban people !
    Not every culture has the same strict moral guidelines regarding child pornography, sexual violence, rape etc.
    where is all this going in the Future? If we don’t want these websites and moral decay in America, crack down on the source!

  11. Just on September 28th, 2021 4:41 am

    Just lock him up and throw out the key. Absolutely disgusting.

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