Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Corrections Officer Mark Pronovost Arrested for Child Porn

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 child 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.


Anonymous said...

More and more badge wearing, gun toting officers of the law are becoming bigger criminals than the one's they are arresting and have in jails. Volusia co having the most corrupt deputies I have ever worked with. I worked law enforcement in Volusia co 3yrs ago. I saw alot of abuse of power. Volusia co needs to do an internal investigation on all of the vcso and do some housekeeping.

Anonymous said...

Well I guess you really didn't work there long because vcso and the jail have no ties. The jail is operated by the county not the sheriff's office.