Florida man charged with sexually abusing 2 toddlers, facing 197 felony charges

James Ballone (Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office)

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) — A Lakeland man has been accused of sexually abusing two 2-year-old boys, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

James Ballone, 53, is also accused of photographing the molestation, and showing adult pornography to two other children.

Ballone was arrested during a July 2016 undercover child pornography investigation and has been in jail since that time.

On Tuesday, detectives filed 132 additional charges against him.

PCSO says Ballone was originally charged with 65 counts possession of child pornography, with bond assessed at $15,000 per count.

He was charged with an additional two counts of capital sexual battery, six counts of lewd molestation, five counts of lewd exhibition, three counts of promotion of sexual performance, 115 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of unnatural and lascivious act, bringing his total count to 197 felony charges.

The new charges stem from follow-up investigation. Equipment seized from Ballone’s home during “Operation Child Shield III,” detectives discovered child pornography created by Ballone in his home involving two Polk County children.

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