William Lee Smith, 28, of 110 Laurel Circle in Bartow, was arrested on multiple charges of child pornography that showed children being sexually battered by adults and other children.

BARTOW — A man who was a counselor at Youth and Family/Alternative Inc., as well as having previously served as a child protection case manager at Gulf Coast Youth Jewish Family and Community Services in Lakeland, was arrested Friday for multiple child pornography charges.

According to Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports, William Lee Smith, 28, of 110 Laurel Circle in Bartow, was arrested on multiple charges of child pornography that showed children being sexually battered by adults and other children. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on no bond after a search warrant of his home revealed he had been trading child pornography via his cellphone and computer devices and sending child porn messages via Tumblr, a social media platform. During his arrest, Smith told deputies he had “nudes” on his phone, said the Sheriff’s Office.

In a news conference Saturday, Sheriff Grady Judd said Smith admitted his child porn addiction, but added that he does not even like children, though his job centered around helping children in need of community services. Tumblr provided 48 files that contained the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who then reported it to the Sheriff’s Office, which conducted the investigation.

During a search warrant at the Smith home, there were photos and files of multiple child victims, at least 15 prepubescent children, male and female, between 5 and 12 years of age, engaged in sexual conduct with apparent adults and/or exposing their genitals, according to the arrest affidavit. The Sheriff’s Office, Judd said, is concerned that even though there is as of yet no evidence to indicate Smith actually touched a child, detectives find that often suspects who are caught viewing and exchanging child pornography also would engage a child in sexual activity if the opportunity was presented.