James Giles: Orange County School District employee arrested on charges of child pornography

APOPKA, Fla. — An Apopka man and Orange County Public Schools employee was arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of child pornography/sexual performance of a child.

Investigators said they discovered an IP address in Apopka that was sharing multiple files of child porn over a one-month period.

A subpoena was obtained for the identification of the address and customer.

Contact was made with James Giles, 36, and he admitted to downloading the material since 2005, police said.

Giles, an application analyst at the district's main office was suspended last summer when the investigation first began.

Giles allegedly told police that when he is feeling depressed he has the urge to view child pornography.

Police said a forensic examination recovered at least 82 files on Giles' computers depicting sexual exploitation of children.

Giles was taken to the Apopka Police Department for processing and then taken to jail.

"The images are too graphic to discuss," said Sgt. Ed Chittenden, Apopka Police spokesman. "Even the title of the images [is] enough that it would disgust a veteran police officer."

Previously, Giles was the IT person at Wekiva High from 2005 to 2011, according to Kathy Marsh, Orange County Public Schools information officer. Police said there is no evidence he used school computers to access child pornography.

Giles had a bond set at more than $4,000 for the six charges and walked out of jail explaining himself.

"I can only tell you that depression is an awful thing," he said.

Giles is a father to five children, four of which are minors.

He resigned from his job Thursday.

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