VENICE — Five Venice residents were arrested after a search warrant Thursday found a variety of child pornography, drugs and illegal possession of weapons in a South Venice home, authorities said.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigators executed a search warrant Thursday in the 300 block of Holly Road near Cypress Road and Jacaranda Boulevard.

Stephen Manders, 24, of Venice, according to a news release, was the subject of investigation after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found an email account and cellphone number he had were used to upload child pornography.

“Manders was located sleeping in a bedroom with a cellphone next to him on the bed,” according to the news release. “A search of the cellphone revealed 200 images and videos depicting child exploitation material. The children ranged in age from infant to 17 years old.”

Manders faces charges of 200 felony counts of possession of child pornography along with possession of methamphetamine and possession of butane hash oil, authorities said.

In the probable cause affidavit, it said Manders admitted to having possession of images of images and videos “which depict children as young as infants and toddlers being sexually battered.”

Another man was arrested for possession of child sexual exploitation on his cellphone. About 30 images on his cellphone were found to depict child exploitation materiel.

Michael James Smith, 39, was arrested for possession of obscene material depicting child sexual conduct and probation violations for possession of a controlled substance and driving without a license.

All of the people involved resided at 347 Holly Road.

The others arrested at the home include:

• Richard Jones, 46, for possession of marijuana and producing marijuana.

• Jason Paige, 39, for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon; and two counts of possession of drugs of a controlled substance without a prescription.

• Juanita M. Roden, 33, for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and two counts of possession of drugs of a controlled substance without a prescription.

According to the probable cause affidavit for Jones, he was found to have in his possession 12.1 grams of butane hash oil and 31.4 grams of individually packaged marijuana for sale.

The affidavit noted Paige and Roden were a couple living in a room in the home where detectives found 5.3 grams of methamphetamine, 1 Dilaudid pill and a Remington shotgun. Paige, it noted, has three prior felony convictions.

Her probable cause affidavit notes Roden faces the same charges as Paige since they occupied the same bedroom and Roden has eight prior felony convictions.


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