Villages man known for Special Olympics feats arrested with graphic images at Belvedere Library

John O'Reilly Jr. with his Special Olympics medals.
John O’Reilly Jr. with his Special Olympics medals.

A man known for his participation in local Special Olympics was arrested Wednesday at the Belvedere Library when he was found to have inappropriate graphic sexual images on his iPhone.

John Edward O’Reilly Jr., 34, who resides in the Village of Bonnybrook, had been spotted by a library patron at about 4:30 p.m. typing a random number asking the number to “find him a random little boy.” While O’Reilly was texting, the unknown number sent a nude photograph of what appeared to be a 10-year-old boy, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. The witness said the text message sent by O’Reilly requested the random number “find one around where you live.”

John Edward O’Reilly Jr.
John Edward O’Reilly Jr.

At the time, O’Reilly was sitting with multiple young children making paper airplanes for them at the library, the arrest report indicated.

When a deputy arrived, O’Reilly gave the deputy permission to look at his cell phone. A review of the cell phone yielded at least six images/video files that depicted the sexual exploitation of children.

O’Reilly was arrested on six felony counts of possession of obscene material. He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $12,000 bond.

O’Reilly is known for his involvement in Sumter County Special Olympics. He participated in games in March in St. Petersburg.

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