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Officials: Bradenton woman took pornographic pics of toddler

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Published:   |   Updated: June 19, 2014 at 05:27 PM

— A 35-year-old woman entrusted by a friend to babysit a 2-year-old girl made pornographic pictures with the child and texted them to someone in New York, authorities say.

Renee Gregg, of Bradenton, is being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail following her arrest on a charge of transportation of child pornography.

Gregg’s Facebook page says she works as a staff nurse at a Venice family clinic, but the doctor there said Gregg was terminated several months ago. The doctor hung up after threatening a reporter with legal action. Gregg is not listed in the Florida Department of Health’s online database of licensed health practitioners.

It also appears from Gregg’s Facebook page that she has two teen daughters.

According to a federal complaint affidavit, the investigation began in New York when an unnamed man was arrested in Queens for child pornography in February 2013. Investigators obtained a search warrant and seized the man’s cell phone and computer equipment.

Law enforcement found numerous child pornography images and text messages between the man and “Renee,” sent and received in December 2012. Investigators determined the phone number was Gregg’s, and compared the images to pictures on her Facebook page, the affidavit says.

Text messages between the man and Gregg show they discussed the man flying to visit Gregg that month. Gregg texted that she and the man and the 2-year-old “will play.”

The child’s mother told law enforcement that Gregg often babysat her child.

Investigators searching the New York man’s computer found two graphic pictures appearing to depict the little girl and Gregg, which were believed to have been texted by Gregg to the man. In one of the pictures, Gregg is shown performing a sex act on the toddler, the affidavit states.

Homeland Security agents interviewed Gregg on June 11, and she said she met the New York man online in the beginning of 2012, the affidavit states. Gregg said she and the man texted and talked on the phone about having sex with children and the man sent her a video of a girl, about 10 or 11 years old, performing a sex act on man. Gregg produced the two pictures found by investigators on the man’s computer, the affidavit states.

Gregg “admitted that she sent both photographs” to the man via text messages from Florida at the urging of the man, the affidavit states.

Gregg was arrested June 12, and is being held with the expectation she will be prosecuted in New York, according to court records.

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