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Sawyer to be arraigned in federal court


TAMPA, Fl., - Jesse Sawyer Jr., is being arraigned on Monday in Florida.

According to officials, Sawyer will be arraigned in federal court. He is accused of the production of child pornography and sexually abusing young children in Troy.

The Pinellas Park Police Department in Florida said on Friday that Sawyer was arrested after he had signed himself into the Calvary Chapel mission in St. Petersburg, using his real name. However, the department let him go after he was detained for about an hour because they say the arrest warrant wasn't faxed over in a timely manner.

Troy Police say it's their understanding that they had 90 minutes to get the arrest warrant to police in Pinellas Park. Pinellas Park police say they waited an hour, but they had to release Sawyer because he was never in custody and had never been charged. The warrant was faxed over about six minutes after Sawyer was released.

Pinellas Police searched for Sawyer for several hours, finally arresting him near a strip mall.

On Saturday, Jesse Sawyer Senior spoke out about his son's ordeal. He said that he was the one who said police needed to be notified after seeing the alleged pictures. However, he also said that Troy Police are making the photos out to be worse than they really are.

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