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Child pornography charges filed against man in Pennsylvania

One man in Pennsylvania is currently facing child pornography charges and other related offenses (30 counts). The child pornography charges come after a criminal investigation by a county task force that focuses on internet crimes against minors. The arrest took place on a recent Tuesday.

The 43-year-old man surrendered to police at the detective headquarters. The man is also charged with disseminating photos or film depicting sex acts involving minors (one count) and the criminal use of a communication facility (30 counts). The man was preliminarily arraigned on a Tuesday and was placed in prison instead of paying bail. His bail was 10 percent of a $150,000.

A professional bondsman ended up posting the man's bail, so he was released from prison. The arrest occurred after authorities sought a warrant for the purpose of searching the man's residence. Police were investigating peer-to-peer file-sharing programs used for distributing and sharing child pornography. When they arrived at the man's home, they confiscated many digital equipment pieces, on which more than 40 child pornography images were allegedly recovered.

If appropriate to the man's circumstances, the criminal defense might explore the possibility of striking a plea deal with prosecutors. A plea agreement might offer the advantage of leading to a lighter sentence compared with what may result from trial if he is found guilty of child pornography. Still, the man retains the right to go to trial, where he will essentially force the prosecution to prove the allegations via evidence that meets the standards of the Pennsylvania criminal justice system.

Source: delcotimes.com, "Haverford man faces child porn raps", Rose Quinn, June 22, 2016

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