A York City woman and a mother of four charged with child pornography told police she posted a video depicting the sexual assault of a very young girl on Facebook to alert parents of "pervs" out there, according to charging documents.
However, a West York Police patrolman said Tabitha Mae Munoz-Martinez, 26, should have called police instead of distributing the video online.
"What her true intend was ... I don't know," said Patrolman Michael Mendez.
Munoz-Martinez, of 540 W. Clarke Ave., Apt. 2, is charged with a single count of child pornography and is free on $5,000 bail, according to her charging documents.
West York Police were alerted to the video after a borough resident found it on Munoz-Martinez's Facebook page, which is under the name of Tabbi Luvinmykids Babyluv, about 11 p.m. Monday and called police.
Video: A second officer went to the borough resident's home and viewed the approximately 6-minute long video that shows an older white man, whose face is obscured from view, sexually assault the girl, police said.
Mendez, who didn't view the video, said the child is believed to be between the ages of 3 and 5.
About two hours after the video was discovered, police questioned Munoz-Martinez. She told Mendez she found the video on her news feed, which shows what friends post on the social networking site, and thought about calling police after viewing it, documents state.
Instead, she downloaded the video and posted it on her Facebook page along with a comment stating how disgusting it is. Several other people also commented on the video, police said.
Munoz-Martinez told police she posted the video "to make parents aware of the 'pervs' that are out there" but then deleted it, documents state.
She also told police she saw the video on Facebook pages belonging to several other people, but officers were unable to locate it.
Munoz-Martinez was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Walter Groom.
Munoz-Martinez could not be reached for comment Thursday night, and online court records did not list an attorney for her.
Local?: Since the video has been deleted from Munoz-Martinez's account, police have not been able to locate it online, Mendez said. That means police have no way of identifying the young girl. Because the man's face isn't shown in the video, police could not determine his identity either, the patrolman said.
"There's no way to tell if he or the child are from York or York County," Mendez said. "I wish we could have made a determination of" who they are.
Since the child didn't cry or put up a fight in the video, it appeared it wasn't the first time she had been assaulted, Mendez said.
"It's a pretty disgusting and disturbing case," he said.
Anyone who comes across the video should immediately call his or her local police department or Mendez at 854-1975.
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