St. Cloud church operations manager arrested for child porn possession

Mark Cook

The operations manager of a St. Cloud church was arrested by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday for possessing child pornography.

On July 21, Sheriff’s Office detectives received a cyber-tip concerning the download of possible child pornography in Osceola County. The investigation revealed that child pornographic images were downloaded by someone using the Internet account assigned to Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 700 Brown Chapel Road, St. Cloud, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

On Tuesday, detectives made contact with the operations manager of the church and

Mark Cook

school property, Mark Dewayne Cook, of Cape Canaveral. Cook cooperated with the investigation and admitted that he did log on to the church’s Wi-Fi, on his personal cellular phone, to utilize his Microsoft Skype account, with the intent to send/receive child sexual exploitation material, the report stated. Cook was arrested on two counts of promoting movie/photo sexual performance by a child.

This is an active and ongoing investigation and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to gather any additional information. Anyone with information on the case or any similar case, is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office 407-348-2222.