A Washington woman who was involved in a federal investigation into child pornography in 2015 later went on to advertise herself as a babysitter and nanny.

Now, police believe the woman, 18-year-old Victoria Del Carmen, may have victimized children that trusting parents put in her care, Q13Fox reports.

Authorities arrested Carmen this week for child pornography after National Center for Missing and Exploited Children flagged her IP address out of concern.

Sexual conversations about toddlers and babies were found on her electronic devices during a search. She kept a life-like baby doll and doll parts in her home, according to Fox 8.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Office

Carmen later admitted to viewing child pornography regularly and sharing it because she is sexually aroused by the material.

Police charged her on four counts of possession of depictions of minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, Fox 8 reports.

The 18-year-old was offering services as a nanny and babysitter on the popular childcare platform, Care.com.

Authorities now believe she may have produced child pornography of local children.

Police are trying to determine whose children she may have watched and if they were victimized. Detective Ed Troyer said:

“The victims appear to be infants and toddlers… We need to find out if she’s been around other kids.”

Care.com said on their website that they perform “various preliminary screenings on all individual caregivers” that are listed.

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They also offer “three tiers of background checks that families can purchase and provide a comprehensive Safety Center with tools and recommendations on other steps they should take when choosing a caregiver to help ensure safe hiring decisions.”

However, if a parent wishes to perform a background check it is an additional expense.

In the past, Care.com has received criticism for not being thorough enough during their screening process — including the background checks.

Just last year, the website was ordered to pay $480,000 in settlements to customers in its home state “to resolve allegations that the company misled Massachusetts families about the comprehensiveness of its background check products,” a statement from the Attorney General’s office said.

It’s unclear if they’ve since changed their background check system. Regarding Carmen’s case, Care.com said in a statement to Q13:

“This incident is deeply upsetting and our hearts go out to any victims and their families. We are reaching out local law enforcement to provide any assistance that we can.”

Anyone who may have additional information on Carmen is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at  1-800-222-TIPS.

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  • Maria 11 months ago

    Most likely this women had no criminal background that would have been caught in a background check. Probably her first time getting caught. That makes it extra scary because there is often no way to filter these people out, since they wouldn’t have a record.

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