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Former 'Bachelorette' contestant accused of possessing pornographic images of babies: Report
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Former 'Bachelorette' contestant accused of possessing pornographic images of babies: Report

A former contestant on the reality show "The Bachelorette" was arrested late last month and charged with possessing dozens of images and videos depicting child sexual abuse.

According to reports, Joshua Georgefrank Tylerbest, 27, who appeared on "The Bachelorette" in 2021 but who now works as an IT consultant in Miami-Dade County, Florida, created a Google account in his name. Google flagged and reported the account to authorities after more than 50 child porn images and videos had been uploaded onto it.

The Miami-Dade Police Department then began an investigation into the account, during which officers reportedly discovered that Tylerbest had been "interacting" with the abusive images and videos, though the nature of that interaction has not been reported.

Officers also executed a search warrant of Tylerbest's condo and seized several devices, including his iPhone, which allegedly contained at least 15 abusive images on it. Some reports indicate that the material depicts adults sexually abusing children under the age of 10, but WPLG reported that "some of the victims were babies," citing police as its source.

On February 24, Tylerbest was arrested and charged with 15 counts of felony possession of material depicting a sexual performance by a child. He pled not guilty and was released after he paid the $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again in June.

Tylerbest appeared on season 17 of the hit reality show and lasted four episodes before star bachelorette Katie Thurston cut him out of the running. On the show, Tylerbest was described as an "extremely family-oriented" man who wanted to meet "someone he can bring home to hang with his amazing family for a night of barbecue and playing cards."

"Josh loves hard and says there is really no other way to put it," his show bio stated. "He is humble, kind-hearted and goofy, but he’s also a hopeless romantic who has always been very in touch with his emotions. Josh is looking for a woman that is kind, open-minded, ambitious and adventurous. He consistently strives to be genuine and wants to find a partner who will do the same."

No one affiliated with the show has commented on Tylerbest's arrest.

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Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil

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