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Armed DeFuniak man faces child porn charges; bunker found on property

Gannett staff report

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — A man suspected of manufacturing child porn in his home, and potentially a hidden bunker beneath his property, was taken into custody after he greeted law enforcement at his door with a shotgun.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office's Special Victim’s Unit executed a search warrant Dec. 16 at 7105 Rock Hill Road near DeFuniak Springs after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

The suspect, Marty Scott Bass, 57, came to the door holding a shotgun. After he was given multiple commands, Bass put down the weapon and was detained, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Bass

During the search of his home, Bass’ cellphone was found and forensically downloaded and evaluated. The device contained more than 100 images of child pornography, some of which were produced by Bass of children 8 to 10 years old, the news release said.  

A secret bunker was also located during the search warrant. The bunker’s entrance was disguised as a bench in the shed adjacent to the home. When lifting the bench, a hole was located leading underground.

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Bass was arrested and charged with 100 counts of possession of child pornography and 10 counts of the production of child pornography.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.