Steven Marks, Sunrise child porn suspect: 'My life is over'

SUNRISE, Fla. -- A 50-year-old Sunrise man is accused of possessing child pornography and was ordered held on $100,000 bail during his first appearance court hearing Wednesday.

Steven Marks, a car salesman, was charged with 40 counts of possession of child pornography and possession of marijuana. He was arrested Tuesday.

The victims: boys between 6 and 15 years old who were engaged in sex acts with other children or men in the confiscated videos, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office report.

An investigation launched last month by a BSO detective, who is also a member of the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, led to his arrest.

Marks' computer address was tracked down after allegedly advertising and sharing child porn images since February, the report said.

It was linked to Marks' home in the 10400 block of Northwest 24th Place in Sunrise. The task force executed a search warrant Tuesday and found Marks and his mother at the home.

When detectives told Marks about the search warrant, he covered his face and nodded that he knew what it was about, the Sheriff's Office said.

He requested to speak with an attorney and said, "My life is over," according to the report.

Marks' attorney, Philip Snyder, told Broward County Judge John "Jay" Hurley on Wednesday that his client has lived in Broward County for 15 years and has no children, nor relatives with children. He requested that the original $401,000 bond be lowered.

Found in Marks' home were two computers and a large collection of CDs and DVDs. The movie files were apparently created from September 2007 through this July, the Sheriff's Office said.

Marks allegedly masked the child porn using innocuous titles such as names of musicians Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane and "Guitar Lessons," according to detectives.


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