- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - California social workers found concerning photos of boys in their underwear on a foster parent’s computer weeks before the man was arrested in a child pornography probe, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Social workers in Riverside County investigated John David Yoder in December after receiving a tip from a child abuse hotline but classified the probe as “inconclusive” after boys in the home said they weren’t abused, the Desert Sun reported (https://desert.sn/1OVKFKY ).

Authorities in February arrested Yoder and others in an investigation into an alleged child pornography ring. Yoder has pleaded not guilty to charges including molestation.

The newspaper said it obtained a confidential report about the social workers’ investigation into Yoder’s home that was filed in a juvenile court case.

The county’s social services department declined comment for the Sun’s story, citing confidentiality laws.

While Riverside County social workers investigate tens of thousands of parents each year, more than three-fourths of these probes yield “inconclusive” or “unfounded” findings and nearly always remain confidential.

John Patrick Dolan, Yoder’s attorney, said authorities never found any child pornography in Yoder’s possession.

“Why would you take the boys out of the house for that? There has to be something illegal or inappropriate,” Dolan said when asked about the photos found by social workers. “You can’t presume conduct is illegal.”

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Information from: The Desert Sun, https://www.mydesert.com/


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