Lane Rees, a 61-year-old GOP Committeeman for Walton County, Fl., was arrested Monday night for possession and transmission of child pornography, according to a Northwest Florida Daily News report on Monday, April 1.
Police reportedly searched Rees' house after conducting a month-long investigation that began when authorities received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in February about child pornography being traded by an online profile at his address.
Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson told the Daily News on Monday that police had found "pretty significant images" matching the tip they'd received.
Deputies recovered “multiple images” of child pornography after serving a search warrant on his home in Santa Rosa Beach.
Rees was elected to the Walton County Commission in 2000, where he served until being defeated by 23-year-old Republican Scott Brannon four years later. He has served as Walton County’s Republican state committeeman since being elected by party members in 2008.
According to his website bio, Rees is “President of the consulting group Human Resource Solutions, Inc. and serves on the board of the United Methodist Church’s Foundation for Evangelism”. In 2001, Walton County named Rees “Man of the Year.”
If Rees is found guilty in court, the maximum penalty he faces is 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine