NR 17-21 Suntree Man Arrested For Producing Child Pornography
Earlier today, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the Immigration Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HIS) culminated a joint investigation with the arrest of 77-year-old Billy Leon Dyer, of 7664 Candlewick Drive, Melbourne, Florida. Dyer was arrested today after a Federal Grand Jury issued a four count indictment relative to an investigation initiated by Sheriff’s Office Task Force Agent Jim Landen for the charges of Production of Child Pornography (three counts) and Attempted Enticement of a Child. If convicted, Dyer faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.
The investigation commenced earlier this year as agents received information that Dyer was in contact with underage children soliciting them for sexual acts. In March an agent took on the persona of one of these children and began conversing with Dyer whereupon he agreed to travel to a location in Brevard County to engage in sexual relations with the child. On March 10, 2017, Dyer was arrested by BCSO / HSI Task Force agents when he arrived at the pre-arranged location.
Subsequent to that arrest, a search warrant was served on the residence of Dyer where computer and other electronic media were seized. A forensic examination of the items uncovered over 100 images depicting child pornography that appeared to have been produced by Dyer. The Investigation was able to identify three underage victims who were depicted in the images.
Investigators believe there are other victims that have yet to be identified in the remaining images. Investigators are asking anyone with information in reference to this investigation or any potential victims involving Dyer; to please contact our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office SORT Unit at 321-633-8407 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Attorney’s Office is a multi-agency Partnership initiated to investigate dangerous offenders and predators who prey upon children.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey stated, “I am very proud of the investigators and prosecutors in this case. Through their efforts, those that prey on our children are identified, arrested and sentenced to very long terms away from our citizens and children. I can’t thank HSI and the US Attorney’s Office enough for the support and participation!”
For additional information concerning this News Release, please call PIO Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-501-7594.