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Child porn suspect caught living with kids, deputies say

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NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) -

A Pasco County man busted for child porn is facing even more disturbing charges today.

Clarence Dingler, 60, was arrested earlier this week on possession of child porn charges. Deputies say they obtained a search warrant after a computer with his IP address was identified as downloading at least 153 files known to be child pornography or related to such images or videos.

When deputies arrived at the Santee Court home, they say they discovered Dingler living with a 5-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. Deputies also say they found 10 videos and 216 images of child pornographic material.

Dingler allegedly admitted that he had molested the girl, so he was charged with lewd or lascivious molestation and multiple counts of child pornography.

He has a previous charge in 1988 for attempted sexual battery of a victim under the age of 12.

Deputies also arrested Crystal Hodgson, who was allegedly left to take care of the two kids.

Deputies say Hodgson, 26, left the two children with Dingler knowing that he had a previous charge of sexual battery, and that she knew Dingler had sexually abused the girl and had not reported the abuse because her boyfriend had a warrant for his arrest.

She was charged with failure to report child abuse.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect circumstances of the arrest. Dingler was not the man in bed with a child as initially reported.

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