Child welfare working charged with possessing child porn

December 22, 2018

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida child welfare worker is under arrest for possessing child pornography.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office charged 28-year-old William Smith with 15 counts of possessing child pornography on Friday night.

Smith is a case manager at Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc., in Lakeland, which contracts with the Department of Children and Families. He was previously a child protective investigator for Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services.

The sheriff’s office said the social media company Tumblr reported the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The account was traced to Smith.

The sheriff’s office said Smith admitted to using Tumblr to trade child pornography.

He was being held in the Polk County jail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney for Smith.

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