Essex social worker charged with sharing child porn

A licensed social worker who counsels teenagers was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography this week in Baltimore County.

Detectives monitoring the sharing of child pornography online found a home in the 2300 block of Turkey Point Road in Essex that was a source for explicit images. Police say the investigation led them to believe James Patrick Tinker II, 46, was responsible for sharing the child pornography.

Tinker told detectives he is a licensed social worker and counsels teens at Turning Point in Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counseling in Glen Burnie. Police said there was no evidence he had sexual contact with children.

Tinker was charged Thursday with possession and distribution of child pornography. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $200,000 bail, and no attorney was available for him in court records.

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