Police raid of PBSO deputy’s home turns up slew of child porn

    • Olivia Hitchcock

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

10:09 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017

A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy had more than 30 pornographic videos and pictures of children on his laptop and cellphone, according to West Palm Beach police records.

Adam Godbey, 38, was booked Thursday afternoon into the Palm Beach County Jail on more than two dozen counts of possessing child pornography. Judge Caroline Shepherd ordered he undergo a mental health evaluation.


In late May, someone notified the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline about pornographic images of children being uploaded to a website.

A search of the IP address determined they were uploaded by a Comcast customer, whose IP address was linked to Godbey, a four-year veteran with the sheriff’s office.

On Wednesday, West Palm police searched Godbey’s home. Police found a cellphone and a laptop hidden above a kitchen cabinet.

Dozens of images and videos found on those devices depicted young girls and boys engaging in sexual acts, records state.

 

Godbey, a road patrol deputy, was praised by the sheriff’s office in 2015 for rescuing a kitten from under a car in Belle Glade.

The driver reportedly told Godbey, “you are the best, I love the cops.”

“The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to the highest standards and never forgets about its duty to preserve the public’s trust,” the sheriff’s office said in an emailed statement. “Unfortunately sometimes an employee makes a bad decision which leads to misconduct. This misconduct was reported, investigated and determined to be criminal in nature, resulting in the charges.

“The sheriff’s office will remain vigilant to insure that our efforts are professional and meet the high standards that the public has come to expect.”

 

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