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Volusia County corrections officer arrested on child porn charges

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Officials say a man surrendered peacefully after barricading himself inside an Orange City home around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning.

State and federal Internet crimes agents showed up to serve a search warrant at Mark Pronovost's home.  Pronovost, 32, happens to be a corrections officer at the Volusia County Jail. Investigators said they recently learned porn was being sent to, or from, Pronovost's computer. As they were trying to serve the search warrant, they said Pronovost was initially very cooperative.

"He became uncooperative at some point, grabbed one of the children -- the smallest one -- and barricaded himself in a room and armed himself with a firearm, said Tony Rodriguez with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Hostage crisis negotiators talked with Pronovost, convincing him to let the child go.  After awhile they say Pronovost handed over his gun and surrendered.

"He made no threats toward law enforcement.  He said he did not wish to hurt law enforcement, and we do not believe he would have hurt any of his children either," Rodriguez said.

Pronovost was arrested and taken to Seminole County Jail, because of his ties to the Volusia County Jail.


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