December 24, 2013
Pittsburgh man arrested on charges of possessing child pornography
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Section have arrested a Pittsburgh man as part of an ongoing effort to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
Attorney General Kane identified the defendant as Christopher Bailey, 49, 1436 Westfield St., Pittsburgh.
According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation found numerous files containing depictions of children engaged in extremely sexually graphic acts and poses. Agents later determined the files were allegedly downloaded to and shared from Bailey's computer.
Agents located hundreds of child pornographic videos following a preliminary search of Bailey's computers, communications devices and media storage devices. Additional items seized will be analyzed by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.
Bailey is charged with 10 counts of felony sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography and one felony count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Bailey was arraigned in Allegheny County Night Court and committed to the Allegheny County Prison after being unable to post bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2013.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Indiana County District Attorney's Office, the Pennsylvania State Police and the City of Pittsburgh Police Department for their assistance with the investigation. Bailey will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
The expanded Child Predator Section has made 113 arrests this year.
Reporting Internet Predators
Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General's Child Predator Section by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044.
Internet safety tips are available on the "Operation Safe Surf" section of www.attorneygeneral.gov. Organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations should contact the Attorney General's Education and Outreach Unit at 1-800-525-7642 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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