Anthony Mister’s daughter sat on the steps of the Titusville Historic Courthouse and sobbed. Upstairs, her father was being led from Judge Robin Lemonidis’ courtroom to begin serving more than three decades behind bars.
Mister was arrested by Titusville Police in April 2013 after two USB storage devices were found in the office of a local gas station. The manager of the business alerted police after finding kiddie porn on the drives. When detectives questioned the employees, Mister admitted the drives belonged to him. He said he had been using the station’s computer to access the images while working at night.
Mister told investigators he had been viewing child sex material for about 20 years, and said his preference had turned to younger children in recent years. He said he had been cruising North Brevard in his vehicle looking for young girls, but had not lured any children to his car. The father of four said he had been detained by police in Davey, Florida on suspicion of peeping in his neighbor’s window. However, no charges were filed in the incident which took place prior to relocating to Titusville.
Investigators reported finding more than 430 videos and still pictures depicting children in sexual poses or engaged in sexual activity. They said some of the children appeared to be under age five.
Sex therapist Dr Duncan Bowen took the stand to testify about his evaluation of the defendant. Bowen said Mister had a documented history of psychiatric problems and had been treated for depression on multiple occasions. He said he considered Mister to have a “dual diagnosis”, requiring treatment for depression as well as sexual compulsion. Bowen said Mister claimed to have attempted suicide three times during his teen years, and described being raised by parents who led a sexually promiscuous lifestyle.
Prosecutors agreed to drop 308 counts against Mister in exchange for his “No Contest” plea to the remaining 102 charges.
Judge Robin Lemonidis sentenced Mister to serve 33 years in prison followed by 30 years of probation. Noting that he seemed to pose an extraordinary danger to the community, Lemonidis said his behavior showed signs of escalation and feared he was moving from viewing images to physically accessing children.
“I am doing this,” she said, “…to protect you from yourself”.
Volunteers with Protect Our Children were on hand for the sentencing March 30th in Titusville.
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