Baltimore synagogue employee charged with distributing child pornography

BALTIMORE - A man police say was employed at a Baltimore synagogue was arrested last week on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

At this point in the investigation, police have not found any signs that children at the synagogue were among the victims.

Baltimore County Police Department’s crimes against children unit launched an investigation in May after identifying someone sharing pornographic images of children online, according to police.

The investigation led detectives to a home in the 6600 block of Edenvale Road in Baltimore where they seized a number of computer media storage items, some of which held pornographic images of children, police said.

Detectives believe Jonathan J. Lewin, 44, a resident in the home, was responsible for the images and he was taken into custody.

At the time of his arrest, Lewin was employed at the time at Ner-Tamid Greenspring Valley synagogue doing odd jobs, according to police.

“The investigation so far has not shown that any of the children at the synagogue were victims of child pornography,” a police release states.

Not all of the media items recovered from the home have been examined yet. At this point in the investigation, there is no evidence that Lewin had physical contact with the people in the pornographic pictures.

Lewin is charged with two counts of promoting or distributing child pornography and a single count of possessing child pornography. He was released from the Baltimore County Detention Center after posting $75,000 bail.

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