February 14, 2014

Three Pa. men arrested in unrelated child pornography investigations

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of three Pennsylvania men on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

The defendants are identified as:

  • Brian Vandruff, 41, 3730 Meadow Lane, South Park, Allegheny County;
  • Thomas Brennan, 34, 134 4th Ave., Apt. B, Broomall, Delaware County; and,
  • Matthew Bockhouse, 36, 1040 North Bulff Drive, New Kensington, Westmoreland County.

Brian Vandruff

 
Brian Vandruff

Agents conducting an online investigation discovered numerous files containing suspected child pornography allegedly downloaded to Vandruff's computer. Upon executing a search warrant, agents seized his computer and external hard drives, which had hundreds of video files of suspected child pornography. These items will be analyzed by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation. 

Vandruff is charged with nine counts of distribution of child pornography, six counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
He was preliminarily arraigned in Allegheny County and placed in the Allegheny County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Vandruff will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Thomas Brennan

 
Thomas Brennan
Brennan was arrested on Feb. 12, 2014 following an investigation into the illegal sharing of child pornography. Agents executed a search of Brennan's apartment and seized a computer, a micro SD card and a ScanDisk thumb drive, which will be analyzed by the Attorney General's computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.

Brennan is charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Brennan was preliminarily arraigned and released on $100,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 24, 2014.

The case will be prosecuted in Delaware County by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Elo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Matthew Bockhouse

According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation found numerous online files that were allegedly shared from Bockhouse's computer, depicting children under the age of 18 posing naked in sexually suggestive positions or engaging in extremely sexual graphic acts. 

 
Matthew Bockhouse

Following Bockhouse's arrest, agents from the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit conducted a preliminary analysis on his computer and other media storage devices and discovered more than 100 video files, which contain suspected child pornography. A complete analysis of Bockhouse's computer is part of an ongoing investigation.

Bockhouse is charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Bockhouse was arrested on Feb. 13, 2014 and preliminarily arraigned before New Kensington Magisterial District Judge Frank Pallone. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27, 2014. Bockhouse is in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $150,000 straight bail.

The case will be prosecuted in Westmoreland County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

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 education@attorneygeneral.gov.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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