Sanibel arts gallery employee arrested for child pornography
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SANIBEL, Fla. - Fox 4 spoke with countless members and volunteers from the Big Arts Gallery who know Charles Nave. They say he was a trusted employee and what he's accused of doing is unbelievable.
This is what troubles some members of the Big Arts Gallery in Sanibel: access to children, when it hosts summer camp. It's where Homeland Security Investigations special agents say Charles Nave, 38, was arrested for having at least 100 images of child pornography on his laptop at work.
"I've known Chad for five, six years now, it's hard to believe," said friend Jerry Edelman, of Sanibel, a member of the gallery. "It's so hard to believe!"
Edelman is stunned Nave would trade sickening images of children, especially where Nave's been the technical director for almost a decade.
"I guess you really don't know people [the way] you think you do," added Edelman. "But then they come up with these things that are such a surprise and so horrible."
Court documents show detectives started investigating Nave in January. A special agent contacted Nave, known as "David Hard" in an internet chat room named "#incest". The conversation moved to Yahoo Messenger, where Nave said he had pictures of "mostly teens". When the agent asked for younger, Nave sent him some. Upon receiving one of the photos, the agent replied "You surprised me with the bondage of the child. Very nice. She must be no younger than 8!"
"That's terrible," reacted Anne Walter, of Sanibel, a long-time member of the gallery. "I'm very sad to hear that. He was such a nice fellow, very helpful."
Walter describes Nave as low key. She says he helped with everything from setting up shows to electrical work.
"He did so much for Big Arts, she said.
On Tuesday, agents executed a search warrant at the Sanibel center after tracing his IP address. When they approached Nave in the parking lot, he told investigators he "has a pornography addiction and he wanted to get help."
"You would think that if you're trying to hide that you would do it at home and not at a work place," concluded Walter.
The associate executive director of the Big Arts Gallery said they were not aware of the situation until authorities showed up. She issued the following statement: "We were made aware of the investigation pertaining to one of our employees [on Tuesday]. We are cooperating with the authorities in their investigation."
Big Arts on Sanibel had this statement: "All of us at BIG ARTS were surprised and dismayed to learn, as a result of an ongoing federal investigation, of our former employee Chad Nave’s serious violation of our electronic media policy. Each of our employees has formally acknowledged their understanding and compliance with this policy. As a result, Mr. Nave has been terminated from his employment at BIG ARTS, and is not allowed to enter our campus. We are confident as a result of our internal review that this matter is limited to Mr. Nave’s action and does not involve anyone else associated with BIG ARTS".