The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a large, non-profit organization dedicated a myriad of tasks associated with finding and helping missing children and their families. The organization also helps local law enforcement agencies in cases involving child abduction, sexual exploitation and other crimes relating to children. Recently, the NCMEC helped a number of Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies track and arrest a Mansfield resident for various Internet child pornography crimes.
In July, the NCMEC contacted the Computer Crime Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigation regarding a tip it had received about the transfer of child pornography on the Internet. Two investigators with the PSP-BCI were able to find the Internet Protocol address that was used by the computer disseminating the pornographic materials.
Using the IP address, the police were able to obtain a search warrant for the home of the man suspected of disseminating the pornographic material and the man was arrested one day last month. Police seized a number of electronic devices for further forensic investigation. The man who allegedly transmitted the material was charged with six counts of possession of child pornography, six counts of dissemination of the material, and one count of criminal use of a communications facility. The defendant was arraigned and released on $30,000 unsecured bail.
Being charged with a sex crime is an especially difficult situation. Despite the presumption of innocence, the mere accusation can damage the accused’s personal life and reputation in many ways. Anyone who has been charged with a crime involving child pornography may wish to consult a criminal defense attorney who specializes in such cases. Such a consultation can provide an analysis of the evidence and charges in the case, possible defenses and an estimate of the likelihood of a favorable plea agreement or outright acquittal.
Source: NorthcentralPA.com, “Child pornography charges filed in Mansfield,” Andrea Campbell, Sept. 1, 2015