February 27, 2014

Additional charges filed against Westmoreland County man in child pornography probe

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that the Attorney General's Child Predator Section has filed additional charges against a Westmoreland County man as part of an ongoing child pornography investigation.2-27-14 Matthew Bockhouse

According to agents, Matthew Bockhouse, 36, 1040 North Bluff Drive, New Kensington, Westmoreland County, is facing three additional counts including production of child pornography. 

Following his initial arrest, agents learned that Bockhouse allegedly remotely activated a minor female's desktop web camera and recorded the content to his personal computer. Computer forensics agents were able to decrypt the video and extract a portion, which depicted a nude minor in her bedroom.

According to the criminal complaint, Bockhouse created the videos when the child was 15 years old and allegedly kept them for sexual gratification.

The Office of Attorney General filed an amended criminal complaint today before Magisterial District Judge Frank Pallone to include three additional counts: production of child pornography, unlawful use of a computer - "hacking" and invasion of privacy.

There was no change in the $150,000 cash bond and Bockhouse remains incarcerated in the Westmoreland County Prison.

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

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

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