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Orlando Man Arrested In Hollywood On Child Porn Charges

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Arthur Murch (Source: Broward Sheriff's Office)

Arthur Murch (Source: Broward Sheriff’s Office)

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HOLLYWOOD (CBS4) – An Orlando man is in a Broward County Jail on child porn charges after allegedly traveling from his Central Florida home to meet an underage boy at a Hollywood movie theater.

Arthur Murch, 43, is facing 10 charges of possession of child pornography after obscene pictures were discovered on his cell phone.

According to the arrest affidavit, three teenage girls approached on off-duty officer at Flippers Cinema in Hollywood, asking for help in protecting their friend.

The teens reportedly told the officer that their friend, a 14 year old boy, was in the arcade talking to an adult male who he met over the Internet. The officer approached Murch and the juvenile who claimed they were “just friends, according to the affidavit.

Upon further questioning, Murch admitted he had met the juvenile on an Internet chat room and they had been conversing by computer and phone since the juvenile was 13. In those chats, police say, Murch told the victim that he wanted to engage in sexual acts.

Hollywood Police officers arrived and searched Murch, allegedly discovering images of child erotica on his cell phone. Murch reportedly admitted to authorities that he is a registered sex offender, and that he knowingly violated probation by meeting with the juvenile.

Murch is being held on $1 million bond.

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