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Published on February 26, 2024
Houston Firefighter Charged with Child Porn Possession, HFD Launches ProbeSource: Unsplash/ Tingey Injury Law Firm

A veteran Houston firefighter has been slapped with charges of possessing child pornography, with allegations of having created explicit videos of an underage girl. Kenneth Zink, 47, an employee of the Houston Fire Department for over two decades, is accused of using his cell phone to record a 14-year-old girl in the shower, as per court documents.

Zink was apprehended on a Friday and was able to post a $25,000 bond to quickly secure his release from jail. Court records further indicate that besides the video of the 14-year-old, Zink was found to allegedly possess other child pornography materials, including a video of a girl believed to be around 7 years old engaging in sexual activity. As a condition of his bond, Zink is not allowed to have any contact with minors under 17 years old and is scheduled to appear in court earlier today.

According to FOX 26 Houston, the Houston Fire Department has confirmed Zink’s long-standing association with the force but was quick to distance themselves from his alleged actions. In a statement, HFD said, "The person has been employed by the department for 21 years. He will be removed from his assignment and placed on administrative status. We’ve begun the administrative investigation process. The employee’s actions, if true, do not reflect the values of the Houston fire department, nor do they speak for the thousands of hardworking firefighters who do great things every day."

Furthermore, Click2Houston reported that Zink works at Houston Fire Station 99, situated near Bush Intercontinental Airport. This ignominious chapter has been sharply outlined against the backdrop of a career ostensibly devoted to the protection and service of the community, now marred by the shadow of a most egregious breach of the trust placed upon those meant to boldly ensure our collective safety.

The department has assured that the allegations against Zink are being taken seriously and are subject to a rigorous administrative investigation. Zink's case adds to the complex and disturbing conversations surrounding individuals in trusted positions embroiled in acts that betray public confidence and the sanctity of childhood innocence.