A 39-year-old Jacksonville sex offender was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of child pornography, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and prison and court records.
John Michael Fleehart of the 5700 block of Brannon Avenue on the Westside was jailed on $50,000 bail.
FDLE Computer Crime Center and Jacksonville authorities began the investigation in May after they saw videos of child pornography being shared over the Internet. The investigation revealed the child pornography was downloaded from a computer at Fleehart’s home, the FDLE said.
Fleehart served several years for two attempted sexual batteries of a victim younger than 12 in 1992. Then he failed to comply with the sex offender registry in 2004, and in 2005 he was arrested after a woman reported a man peeping into her bedroom window. Police sneaked up on him and caught him masturbating trying to look into the window.Fleehart did about two more years for those offenses, according to court and prison records.
"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
"On average most sex offenders are never caught again for a new sex offense, after five years, between 10 and 15 percent of sex offenders are detected, often convicted, of committing a new sex offense. If you follow them for ten years the rates go up somewhat, if you follow them as long as we’ve been able to follow them, which is about 20 years, the rates go up to somewhere between 30 to 40 percent of the total sample will eventually be caught for a new sex offense."Dr. R. Karl Hansen