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Synagogue employee charged with possessing, distributing child pornography

An employee at local synagogue has been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, Baltimore County police said.

Police do not believe any children at the Ner-Tamid synagogue in Greenspring Valley were victims of Jonathan J. Lewin, 44, who was recently charged after police found he had shared pornographic images of children online.

Detectives began investigating Lewin on May 16 after they traced the source of images to his home in 6600 block of Edenvale Road. During a search of his home, police found numerous computer storage items, some of which had images of child pornography.

Police said there is no evidence that Lewin had any physical contact with those pictured but said detectives are continuing to comb through the computer media items recovered from his home.

Police said Lewin did odd jobs at the synagogue. Lewin has since been fired from the snyagogue, a spokesman said.

Ner-Tamid sent out a statement to members alerting them to the charges. "As a synagogue and school we are committed to creating a safe and open environment for you and your families," it said. Police "have made it clear, thus far, that no illegal activity took place on the synagogue or school's premises."

Lewin was released on $75,000 bail. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

The Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information may call police at 410-307-2020.

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