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Thumb drive contents lead to arrest of registered sex offender

An overlooked thumb drive has apparently led to the arrest of a registered sex offender in Lackawanna County and charges of committing numerous crimes involving child pornography. Police were able to use an anonymous tip about the source of pornographic pictures of young men posted on the internet to find and arrest a man who has been a registered sex offender since 2011.

In 2010, Scranton police charged the man with sexually abusing two boys at a church picnic. The man pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault of a child under the age of 13, and he was required to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law. He is also required to notify state police of any changes in his social media accounts and changes in his e-mail address.

The current case began when a Lackawanna detective received an anonymous tip about a large amount of child pornography being uploaded to the Tumblr site on the internet. Detectives were able to obtain the internet protocol address for the man's home computer and locate the source of the pornographic uploads. Police used a search warrant to gain access to the man's house, where they found a thumb drive under a mattress that contained 10 pictures of boys performing sex acts. As police were questioning the man, he said that he meant to get rid of the thumb drive. The man was arrested and charged with numerous counts of child pornography and other crimes.

Anyone who is facing charges of committing sex crimes and violating Megan's Law is presumed innocent until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Nevertheless, the consequences of a conviction can have lifetime impacts on the defendant's life. A consultation with an attorney experienced in defending such charges can provide a helpful overview and analysis of the case, an enumeration of potential defense strategies and an estimate of the chances of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an acquittal.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "Police: Taylor man had child pornography," Joseph Kohut, March 25, 2016

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