Deltona man sentenced to 35 years in prison on 30 counts of possessing kiddie porn

Photo for Headline Surfer / Jail mug of 44-year-old Paul Carl Elias of Deltona convicted of child pornography.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELAND, FLa. – A Deltona man was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in a state prison facility on 30 counts of possession of child pornography.

Once released, Paul Carl Elias, 44, will have to register as a sexual offender. He was previously convicted on all counts in an April 2017 jury trial. 

In 2017, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which alerts law enforcement to reports of sexual exploitation of children on the Internet.

"Using the tip, the Sheriff’s Office was able to identify Elias and discover the child pornography in his possession," Spencer Hathaway, spokesman for State Attorney RJ Lartizza, told Headline Surfer. 

Deltona man teceives 35 years iun prison fort posssessing child porn / Headline Surfer InfographicIn 2017, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which alerts law enforcement to reports of sexual exploitation of children on the Internet.

"Using the tip, the Sheriff’s Office was able to identify Elias and discover the child pornography in his possession," Spencer Hathaway, spokesman for State Attorney RJ Lartizza, told Headline Surfer. 

Assistant State Attorney Jeanne Stratis prosecuted the case, which was presided over by Circuit Judge Dawn D. Nichols, who handed down the 35-year prison sentence against Elias. He was represented by defense counsel Jonathan Mills.

Elias will have to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence behind bars, according to Florida sentencing guidelines. He's credited with 597 days of incarceration prior to his conviction.

Taking into consideration the 85 percent serve time behind bars and time already served, Elias could be released from prison in 29 years at the age of 73.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.