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Two Bay Area babysitters indicted for alleged possession of child porn

Two babysitters, one from Marin County and the other from Santa Cruz County, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco for possession and distribution of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The pair of men were arrested in late April and had allegedly been taking photos of some of the children they were caring for.

On Thursday, Bryan Petersen and Ryan Michael Spencer were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute and receive child pornography, distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

The FBI began investigating Petersen, 24, of Tiburon, after someone reported that Petersen had child pornography on his computer, according to filings.

A search of Petersen’s home by FBI agents allegedly uncovered thousands of images and videos of child pornography that had been received by Spencer, 19, of Aptos.

Soon after, the FBI learned that the two men worked with children. Petersen is babysitter, chess coach and tutor in Tiburon. Spencer is also a babysitter, camp counselor and teacher-in-training in Aptos.

They allegedly had been taking photographs of children in their care and sharing those images.

Petersen was arrested on April 26, and Spencer was arrested April 27.

They have been charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and receive child pornography, distribution of child pornography and receipt of child pornography.

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