Monterey County social worker had porn, deputies say

County employee has worked with foster children and their families
By LARRY PARSONS

A Monterey County social worker who worked with foster children and their families is facing a felony charge of possessing child pornography.
Gregory John Winsell, 57, of Carmel Valley was arrested early Tuesday after sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call about 12:45 a.m. from his wife that he was possibly suicidal, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
The deputies determined Winsell wasn't suicidal, but found images of child pornography in the residence at Hacienda Carmel, Cmdr. Mike Richards said.
"We had a right to be there and the evidence of child pornography was in plain view," Richards said.
Deputies discovered about 500 images of child pornography that appear to have been downloaded from a computer, he said.
"We're out there investigating today," he said Thursday. "I can't say much about the images."
Winsell, who worked with the county Department of Social and Employment Services since December 2005, pleaded not guilty Thursday and had a preliminary hearing set for April 28. He remained in Monterey County Jail with bail set at $30,000.
Winsell has worked as a child welfare worker with the department's Family Reunification Unit, which works with families with children in foster care and checks on the welfare of children in foster care, said director Elliott Robinson.
His job put him in contact with children, Robinson said. He said the department is working with the Sheriff's Office and conducting an internal review "of the families he's had contact with" to determine if there were connections to his job.
"Our priority is protecting the safety of children we work with," Robinson said. "Obviously, this is very distressful."
Richards said the images of child pornography didn't appear to be camera prints. That indicates "he's not taking pictures, but appears to be getting this stuff off the Internet."