“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. Images found on a shared church computer led to this investigation and ultimately, Bloodworth’s arrest.” – Sheriff Grady Judd
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes detectives arrested 28-year-old Jay Howell Bloodworth, DOB 05-06-1986, 2049 Woodbriar Loop S. Lakeland, charging him with 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
Bloodworth is an active member of the Church on the Rock and stated he is a volunteer with the youth group; some 30-40 juveniles under the age of 18.
Church staff members located images on a shared computer and contacted Plant City Police who began an investigation. A forensic examination of the church computer was begun and child porn images were found in a folder entitled “Jay.” Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted on August 19, 2014. A search warrant was obtained for Bloodworth’s residence where other computer devices were seized.
During a post Miranda interview with Bloodworth, he confessed to being in possession of child pornography and admitted ownership of the files located during Plant City PD’s investigation. Bloodworth stated that he has been viewing child pornography for approximately a year and a half, and has viewed it every day for the past two weeks.
Bloodworth stated he uses the social media apps to start group chats with “people interested” in trading child pornography. Bloodworth stated he only looks for child pornography when he is “aroused” and views it for sexual gratification. Bloodworth stated 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; appropriate charges will follow should any further evidence be located.
The investigation is ongoing.