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Texas authorities charged three suspects including father and son in most ‘vile case’ of child porn

March 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas authorities charged three suspects including father and son in most ‘vile case’ of child porn Leeft to right: James. Tumlinson, Patrick Tumlinson, and Cody Franklin

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3 arrested in ‘worst case’ of child porn Texas sheriff has ever seen

Officials in Texas have made two more arrests related to a child porn case in which a man was previously charged with over 3,000 criminal counts.

Cody Franklin, 28, who was originally referred to as a “person of interest,” has officials been charged with the aggravated assault of a minor.

Patrick Tumlinson, 47, has been taken into custody on four misdemeanors of failing to report the aggravated sexual assault of a child, ABC13 reported.

The San Jacinto Sheriff’s Office revealed that Tumlinson’s son, James Tumlinson, 26. was apprehended in Shepherd on February 28th on a felony count of the continuing sexual assault of a child.

After a probe, police charged Tumlinson last week with a second count of continuous child sexual assault, 3,191 counts of possession of child porn, along with seven charges of possession and promotion of child porn.

Sheriff Greg Capers said that this was the “worst case” he had ever witnessed in his 37-year career.

Thus far, detectives have identified and interviewed seven of the underage victims shown in pornographic pictures and videos that were confiscated during a search of a residence in Shepherd.

Capers added that some of the videos depicted local children between the ages of five and 12 being tortured.

Authorities allege that there could be up to 20 additional victims out there, and would like to speak to them.

The younger Tumlinson is a plumber and has a young daughter. He is currently in custody without bond.

His father’s bond was established at $40,000, at $10,000 for each of the four counts.

Franklin, who has a young child of his own, is friends with James Tumlinson on Facebook. He was also required to remain in custody without bond.

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