Child porn found on Plant City church computer, youth group volunteer arrested

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PLANT CITY, FL (WFLA) –A Plant City church youth group volunteer is charged with possession of child pornography after church staff told police they discovered images of child pornography on a church computer.Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes detectives on Wednesday arrested Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, of Lakeland.

Detectives say Bloodworth is an active member of the Church on the Rock and is a volunteer with the youth group which includes 30 to 40 juveniles under the age of 18.

Church staff members found images on a shared computer and contacted Plant City Police who began an investigation. Child porn images were found by detectives during a forensic examination of the church computer, according to the PCSO.

Plant City Police then contacted Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives. A search warrant was obtained for Bloodworth’s home, where other computer devices were seized.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd praised the church staff who called police.

“Because concerned staff members from Plant City’s Church on the Rock did the right thing, Jay Bloodworth is behind bars. This is another example of the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement,” said Judd

Investigators say Bloodworth confessed to being in possession of child pornography and admitted ownership of the files located during Plant City PD’s investigation. Bloodworth said he has been viewing child pornography for a year and a half, and has viewed it every day for the past two weeks.

Detectives say Bloodworth told them he uses the social media apps to start group chats with “people interested” in trading child pornography. He said he only looks for child pornography when he is “aroused” and views it for sexual gratification.

Bloodworth said he gets gratification from child pornography involving children as young as thirteen, but has seen child pornography in these groups as young as toddlers.

Forensic examination of Bloodworth’s computer devices are being conducted. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says appropriate charges will follow, if additional evidence is found.

Bloodworth was charged with 2 counts of possession of child pornography.