Former Delco, Philly day care worker charged with distributing child porn

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Federal authorities have charged an Overbrook woman — who worked professionally with children in both Philadelphia and Delaware County — for distributing child pornography over a messaging app.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, an undercover agent was searching through the chat app Kik and came across a known child porn trade group.

The agent found a user named “elena_mone” who was distributing a picture and a video of a young child being abused by an adult.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators tracked the user to 23-year-old Tayanna Bowman. Officials say Bowman worked with autistic children as a behavioral health technician at ChanceLight Autism Services in Havertown, and she previously worked as a teaching assistant at Cynthia’s Little Treasures day care in West Philadelphia.

When agents spoke to Bowman, they say she admitted the username was hers, and she said she did distribute child porn about 50 times before, providing links to others to view it. However, authorities say she denied ever sending images of the autistic children she cared for.

“It’s extremely concerning when someone allegedly distributing child pornography also works with children,” said Michael J. Driscoll, a special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “The FBI is committed to identifying, locating, and holding responsible anyone who circulates this vile material.”

If convicted, Bowman could face 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.