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Polk County, Florida -- Polk Sheriff's detectives say their county is safer after nine men were locked up for charges related to child pornography and sex crimes. Deputies say two victims have been rescued but there are hundreds, if not thousands more still out there.

Deputies say one-third of the victims are less than five years old -- some still in diapers.

Wind chimes blew in the calm neighborhood Thursday, but yesterday North Crystal Lake Drive residents say they it was different. It wasn't the breeze that gave them chills, it was allegations from detectives.

"Ah, its been kind of creepy. I warned everyone in the neighborhood to stay in their homes, lock their doors because police weren't giving us any information," said neighbor Andra Vick.

Sheriff Grady Judd says usually it's a neighbor that says "I don't know if this is something, but [...] That's usually the missing link."

Polk County Sheriff's detectives say nine men have been arrested. Most were charged with viewing child pornography online. Two had sexual relations with minors.

Detectives said Keith Crump and his friend Tavis Bell said, "I know two teens [...]" They added Crumps partner, Timothy Peargin, was arrested for failing to report what was happening.

Sheriff Grady said, "Know this: If you use, sexually abuse, or look at child pornography -- we are going to lock you up and do our best to throw away the key."

Neighbors are blown away by the allegations.

"I feel sick, sick that man has been in my home," said one.

Below is a breakdown of the other suspects which include a nurse, a truck driver, a church choir director and so on.

Larry Bencar, 69, of Lakeland
During an on-scene search of Bencar's computer, detectives found at least 11 images or videos of child pornography. At least one of the images depicted a child under the age of 5 years old being sexually battered. Bencar, who is married, told detectives he is retired from the U.S. Department of Treasury, where he was a computer programmer. He then requested an attorney. He was placed under arrest and charged with 11 counts Possession of Images Depicting Sexual Performance by a Child (FSS 297.071), a 2nd Degree Felony. The investigation is ongoing, pending a thorough forensic examination of Bencar's computer, and he may face more charges.

Joseph Carberg, 63, of Lakeland
Carberg told detectives he has been viewing child pornography since 2010, and that he knew why detectives were at his home. He said he prefers pre-teen girls, when viewing child pornography. He was placed under arrest and charged with 40 counts Possession of Images Depicting Sexual Performance by a Child (FSS 297.071), a 2nd Degree Felony. The investigation is ongoing, pending a thorough forensic examination of Carberg's computer, and he may face more charges.

Keith Crump, 45, of Lakeland
Crump admitted to detectives he has been viewing child pornography for several years, and that the age of the youngest child he has viewed was 4 years old or younger. Crump told detectives he was trying to share images of child pornography with his friend Tavis Bell (who was also arrested). Crump told detectives he is employed as a registered nurse for the Florida Department of Health.

Crump also allegedly admitted to having sex with two juvenile boys. Detectives identified the victims and additionally charged Crump. He was placed under arrest and charged with: one count Promoting Sexual Performance of a Child, one count Possession of Images Depicting Sexual Performance by a Child, 2 counts Sexual Battery on a Victim Under 12 years of age, 2 counts Lewd Exhibition on a Victim Under 16 years of age, 2 counts Lewd Battery, and 2 counts Lewd Molestation on a Victim Under 16 years of age. The investigation is ongoing, pending a thorough forensic examination of Crump's computer, and he may face more charges.

Tavis Bell, 40, of Auburndale
During the post-Miranda interview of Keith Crump, detectives identified Bell as a suspect who engages in sexually battering children, two juvenile boys under the age of 16 years old, along with Keith Crump. Bell was placed under arrest and charged with 7 counts Sexual Battery on Victim under 18 years old, 2 counts Lewd Exhibition on a Victim Under 16 years of age, and 2 counts Negligent Child Abuse. The investigation is ongoing.

Timothy Peargin, 54, of Lakeland
During the investigation of Crump and Bell, detectives identified Crump's partner and roommate, Peargin, as having knowledge of the sexual abuse of the children and the distribution of child pornography, and failing to report it. Peargin told detectives he has been in a relationship with Crump for approximately six years, and has known about the child pornography for approximately four years. Peargin is the organist and choir director at St. David's Episcopal Church on Edgewood Drive in Lakeland. Peargin told detectives he suspected there might be sexual abuse of children at the residence and knew he should have reported it, and the child pornography, to the police but was giving Crump "one more chance to never do that again." He was arrested and charged with one count Failing to Report Child Abuse.

Dennis Swecker, 58, of Mulberry
Swecker told detectives he has been viewing child pornography for "quite a few years" and uses peer-to-peer programs to download it. He was placed under arrest and charged with one count Promoting Sexual Performance of a Child and 11 counts Possession of Images Depicting Sexual Performance by a Child. The investigation is ongoing, pending a thorough forensic examination of Swecker's computer, and he may face more charges.

Brian Mitchell, 20, of Dundee
Detectives say Mitchell's home is also used as a psychic business. PCSO received a tip that someone at the address was sharing child pornography online. Mitchell admitted to detectives that he has been downloading and viewing child pornography. He was placed under arrest and charged with one count Promoting Sexual Performance of a Child and 60 counts Possession of Images Depicting Sexual Performance by a Child. The investigation is ongoing, pending a thorough forensic examination of Mitchell's computer, and he may face more charges.

Gonzalo Cardona, 33, of Davenport
During an on-scene investigation of the computer located there, detectives located approximately 40 images and videos depicting the sexual performance of a child less than 5 years old. Cardona is currently in military technical training in Virginia, and detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest, for 40 counts Possession of Images Depicting Sexual Performance by a Child. He was taken into custody at Fort Eustis, Virginia, on the Polk County warrant, and PCSO detectives will interview him there.

Peter Buckley, 37, of Davenport
Buckley told detectives that he has been downloading and viewing child pornography for the past couple of years, and that the images are of children as young as 4-5 years old. He estimated that he had between 100-150 images on his computer and/or thumb drive. He was placed under arrest and charged with 40 counts Possession of Images Depicting Sexual Performance by a Child. The investigation is ongoing, pending a thorough forensic examination of Buckley's computer, and he may face more charges.

We know that two have been RESCUED-young teens. No other information available.

But authorities say they need the public's help in finding all the others online.

We know that two have been RESCUED-young teens. No other information available.

But authorities say they need the public's help in finding all the others online.

We know that two have been RESCUED-young teens. No other information available.

But authorities say they need the public's help in finding all the others online.

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