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General counsel for Florida Elections Commission arrested for possession of child porn

The general counsel for the Florida elections commission was arrested for possession of child porn Wednesday, according to The Tallahassee Democrat

Courts records indicate that Eric M. Lipman was charged with 11 counts of possession of child pornography and was taken into custody at the Leon County Detention Facility, the Democrat reported. 

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest on Wednesday, but did not mention Lipman was general counsel at the state elections commission. 

Lipman’s arrest and charges came after the Sheriff’s Office of Internet Crimes Against Children got a tip in February from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children about possible child porn downloaded by a local individual. 

Detectives identified Lipman as the primary suspect after a six-week investigation. 

The Sheriff’s office along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations then executed a search warrant at his home. 

Lipman, 59, is a Boston native and began working for the Florida Elections Commission in 2001 as assistant general counsel. Lipman also served as senior attorney for the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to the newspaper.  

According to Florida corporate filings, the Democrat reported, Lipman served as an officer for the Capital Soccer Association, a nonprofit soccer league for children ages 4 to 17. 

Lipman was placed on pretrial release and has his first court appearance Thursday, according to the news source.

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