NR 16-42 Sheriff’s Deputies with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Task Force make Child Pornography Arrest

June 3, 2016 - 5:13 pm Author: Category:

16-42On June 3, 2016, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Task Force, which includes members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, arrested 59-year-old Ricky Delano Sheppard, of Melbourne.

Sheppard’s arrest was the result of a child pornography investigation, which led to a Federal search warrant being executed this morning at his residence, 1824 Clover Drive, Melbourne. The United States Attorney’s Office is actively reviewing information related to this investigation and will be releasing official charges and more details as they becomes available.

Sheppard, a Brevard Public School employee, is the Principal of Spessard Holland Elementary School in Satellite Beach. The Brevard County School Board and Superintendent have been notified of his arrest and charges. The school board is cooperating with the investigation and immediately placed Sheppard on paid administrative leave.

A press conference will be held at the Brevard County Public School Administrative Building, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, at 4:15 p.m., where Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Desmond Blackburn will be present to provide the administrative actions being taken by the School Board.

Sheppard was transported to Orlando and delivered to the custody of the US Marshal Service. Sheppard made his initial appearance in Federal Court at 3:30 P.M. today.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey stated “As a 36 year law enforcement officer, I can’t understand how someone in our society could become this demented. As the Principal of an Elementary School his primary job is to protect children. His actions are unimaginable and violate the very trust that every parent and child had in him. His actions have violated the public’s trust, however, I can assure you that our actions as Law Enforcement Officers and School Administrators will make sure that he can never put another child in harm’s way!!” Anyone with additional information about this investigation is asked to please call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Services at 321-633-8499, or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477), you can also visit http://crimeline.org/, or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME (274637). All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.

For additional information regarding this release, please contact Corporal Dave Jacobs at (321) 747-9780.

The United States Attorney’s Office Public Affairs Officer, William Daniels (813) 274-6388, william.daniels@usdoj.gov.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Public Affairs Officer Tammy Spicer, (813) 357-7019, tamara.spicer@ice.dhs.gov.