Father, son and a friend charged in ‘worst case’ of child pornography ever seen

James Tumlinson was charged with two counts of continuous sexual assault of a child; 3,191 counts of child porn possession and seven counts of promotion
His father Patrick Tumlinson, 47, arrested on four misdemeanors counts of failure to report aggravated sexual assault of child
His friend Cody Franklin, 28, charged with aggravated assault of a child
Officials in San Jacinto County, Texas, have identified seven victims and believe there are 20 more out there
Videos seized from a home contained ‘torture’ of children between ages 5-12

Law enforcement officials in Texas have made two additional arrests related to a child pornography case in which a man was previously charged with more than 3,000 criminal counts.

Cody Franklin, 28, who was initially described as a ‘person of interest,’ has now been charged with aggravated assault of a child.

Patrick Tumlinson, 47, has been arrested on four misdemeanors counts of failure to report aggravated sexual assault of child.

According to San Jacinto Sheriff’s Office, Tumlinson’s son, 26-year-old James Tumlinson, was arrested in Shepherd on February 28 on a single felony count of continuous sexual assault of a child.

Following an investigation, Tumlinson was charged last week with a second count of continuous sexual assault of a child, 3,191 counts of possession of child pornography and seven charges of possession and promotion of child pornography.

Sheriff Greg Capers told KPRC this is the ‘worst case’ of its kind he had even come across in his 37-year career in law enforcement.

So far, investigators have identified and spoke to seven of the underage victims depicted in pornographic photos and videos that were seized during a search of a home in the 900 block of Joyce Street in Shepherd.

Capers said some of the videos featuring local children between the ages of five and 12 depicted torture.

Authorities suspect there could be up to 20 more victims out there, and they would like to speak to them.

The younger Tumlinson works as a plumber and has a young daughter. He is currently being held in jail without bond.

His father’s bond was set at a total of $40,000, at $10,000 for each of the four counts.

Franklin, who appears to have a young child of his own, is friends with James Tumlinson on Facebook. He was also ordered jailed without bond.

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