Herman Metcalf MUG

Herman Metcalf

An Inverness man is facing the possibility of more than a half-century behind bars after being convicted of stockpiling and sharing child pornography.

Following two days of trial testimony, jurors found 49-year-old Herman Metcalf guilty as charged Wednesday on a second-degree felony count of promoting sexual performance by a child, and eight third-degree felony counts of possessing child pornography, court records show.

Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard ordered after the verdict for Metcalf to be held at the Citrus County jail without bond until his sentencing date on Aug. 14, when the judge can sentence Metcalf to between 38 months and 55 years in state prison.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies jailed Metcalf in July 2018 after the State Attorney’s Office filed charges against him, and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest based on evidence collected since February 2018 by sheriff’s High Tech Crimes Unit Detective Chris Cornell.

Through an online file-sharing site, Cornell was able to download illicit material that was shared digitally since October 2017 and came from an IP address associated with Metcalf’s home, according to reports.

Cornell obtained a search warrant for Metcalf’s home, where deputies in April 2018 found eight videos on a USB thumb drive that showed children, ranging from 5 years old to teenagers, performing sexual acts.

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Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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