Detectives with the Tampa Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit began an investigation after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding concerning images that were being uploaded and shared online.
Following up on leads, detectives have identified and arrested 55-year-old Ricky Broadnax, Sr. in the case. On May 4, detectives obtained an authorized search warrant at 18311 Highwoods Preserve #4308 in Tampa. During a search of Broadnax’s bedroom, a locked safe was found with files of child pornography on data storage devices.
Broadnax is an assistant teacher at Liberty Middle School. Currently, there are no listed victims related to his employment; however, this remains a very active investigation. Detectives will continue to work closely with the Hillsborough County School District as the investigation continues.
“It is deeply concerning that someone tasked with the education and safety of our children would be involved in this type of criminal behavior,” said Interim Chief Lee Bercaw. “I am thankful the dedicated work of our detectives assigned to investigate internet crimes against children led to a swift arrest in this case.”
Broadnax was arrested and charged with 100 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. He was transported to Orient Road Jail.