JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Palm Coast man who was indicted on federal charges of receiving and possessing child porn tried to destroy the evidence by plunging a samurai sword into the side of his computer.
Kamil Mezalka, 21, was charged with two counts of receiving child porn over the internet, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of destruction of evidence, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill.
Mezalka was arrested at his home on May 8 at his Palm Coast home. When FBI agents arrived, they commanded Mezalka to leave his bedroom, but he refused, the release said, citing the criminal complaint.
Upon entering Mezalka's bedroom, they found that he had plunged a samurai sword into the side of his computer. He did not obey commands to drop the sword.
Mezalka's computer was examined and hundreds of files depicting child sex abuse were found, the release stated.
On May 16, Mezalka was ordered to be detained pending the case's resolution. If convicted on all charges, Mezalka could face a maximum of 70 years in prison.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Rodney Brown, and was brought about through Project Safe Childhood, according to the release.
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