By Jeremy Maready
Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 10:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 10:36 p.m.
LAKELAND | A 45-year-old Polk County sheriff's detention deputy has been arrested and accused of beating two nude children with a leather sex paddle, videotaping the acts and sending the videos to her online boyfriend, sheriff's officials said Thursday.
Robin Leigh Pagoria was charged with three counts each of aggravated child abuse, production of child pornography, promotion of child pornography and possession of child pornography, reports said.
Pagoria was hired in June 2005 and paid $40,916 a year. She resigned Thursday from her detention deputy job at the Central County Jail.
Detectives said Pagoria severely paddled two girls, between 10 and 17 years old, filmed the beatings and gave the video to a person who lives outside of Florida.
"We employ 1,900 people," Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said. "You don't expect anyone to commit felonious conduct. But to create child pornography and to beat children, it's inexcusable. There are not words to express how incensed, outraged and angry I am."
The paddling incidents involving the children began three to five months ago and occurred most recently May 20, according to reports from the Sheriff's Office.
Pagoria told detectives she paddled the two girls with a tawse, a leather sex paddle, to humiliate and discipline them, reports said.
Pagoria had fashioned a wooden desk and cut off two of the legs so the desk would slope, reports said.
Pagoria would make the children undress, lay on the desk, and tie their feet and handcuff their wrists to the desk so they couldn't move during the beatings, detectives said in an arrest affidavit.
In each of the sessions, the girls would be spanked between 50 and 60 times, reports said. Pagoria's online boyfriend, who she met though spankfinders.com, would determine the severity of the punishment.
Pagoria told investigators she has never met the man, who was not named in reports, but would send him video recordings of the spanking sessions.
In interviews with detectives and caseworkers from the Department of Children and Families on Wednesday, the children described the sessions, which caused hemorrhaging and lacerations.
Pagoria told detectives that she had a fetish for spanking and would make videos of her spanking herself and masturbating and upload them to an online website for her boyfriend to watch, reports said.
Judd said after a review of Pagoria's personnel file, there were no indications in her psychological profile or polygraph tests that would indicate that she as interested in such acts.
Judd said detectives are early into the investigation of Pagoria's boyfriend and would be pursuing additional charges in the case.
In: Regional News
Tags: detention deputy, leather paddle, beating children, Florida
Location: Lakeland, Florida, United States (load item map)
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