Man Arrested for Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Material

NEWS RELEASE 21-053 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a Sarasota man on 50 counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material.

Detectives received a tip in July from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) after four videos depicting child pornography were uploaded to a Dropbox server. Through investigation, detectives utilized the IP address used to upload the images, to identify Ian Hancock, DOB 08/19/99, as the suspect. A search by detectives of his Dropbox account and cell phone yielded more than 200 explicit images and videos with victims ranging in age from infant to 14 years old. During the course of the investigation, detectives recovered more than 400 grams of marijuana from Hancock’s residence along with additional marijuana, methamphetamine, and a glass pipe in his possession upon arrest.

Hancock, of 3906 Longhorn Drive, was taken into custody Tuesday and is charged with Possession of Marijuana Over 20 Grams, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Contempt of Court, and 50 counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material. He remains in custody today while the investigation continues.