According to a press release from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office, a 28-year-old Franklin County man has been charged with possession of and distribution of child pornography. This was related to an investigation in which authorities found numerous inappropriate files on his computer.
The man has been charged with one count each of criminal use of a communication facility and distribution of child pornography, as well as 16 counts of possession of child pornography.
An investigation found that his computer was a potential download source for pornographic files, as the IP address associated with the device was tied to the man’s home.
Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section agents eventually visited the man’s home with a search warrant. After a preliminary review, it was found that there were several digital files indicative of this crime.
After his failure to post $100,000 bail, the man was taken to Franklin County Prison. In the near future, he will be prosecuted by the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.
This is not the type of story that anybody wants to read, however, this crime remains a problem throughout the United States.
While there are times when a person is guilty of this crime, it is also possible for somebody to be charged with a crime that he or she did not commit. For example, when a person uses the same computer as many others, but is the only one charged with the crime.
Anybody facing child pornography charges needs to understand what is going on, the severity of the charges, and how to implement a sound defense strategy.
Source: Public Opinion, “Local man faces child porn charges,” Jan. 27, 2016