May 2, 2014

Four men arrested on unrelated charges of distributing, possessing child pornography

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of four southeastern 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:

  • Jonathan Zell, 28, 2307 S. 16th St., Apt. 4, Philadelphia;
  • Alexander Rosa, 23, 2025 N. 7th St., Philadelphia;
  • Luis Antonetti, 57, 860 Granite St., Philadelphia; and
  • Gharald Lynch Jr., 62, 2065 Acorn Place, Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County.

 
Jonathan Zell

Jonathan Zell
The charges state that agents, who were conducting an online investigation, identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network making several media files ? believed to depict child pornography ? available for download. The computer's IP address was later identified as serving Zell's Philadelphia apartment.

Agents executed a search warrant at the apartment and seized a computer, which was previewed and found to contain approximately 10 videos and 10 images of child pornography. The items seized will be analyzed further by the Office of Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.

Zell was taken into custody on Monday, April 28, 2014, and charged with four counts of possession of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He is currently being held in the Philadelphia County Prison in lieu of $25,000 - 10 percent bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 14, 2014.

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

Alexander Rosa
Rosa was arrested on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, following an investigation into the dissemination of child pornography. Agents, who were conducting an online investigation, identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network sharing numerous media files believed to depict child pornography.

 
Alexander Rosa

According to the criminal complaint, agents successfully downloaded 45 files that depicted prepubescent children engaged in graphic sexual acts and or poses. The computer's IP address, which was allegedly making the files available, was later identified as serving Rosa's Philadelphia residence.

Agents executed a search of the home and seized four hard drives and a computer. The Office of Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit conducted a preliminary review of the items and found them to contain suspected child pornography.

Rosa is charged with 20 counts of distribution of child pornography, 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was released from custody after posting $10,000 bail - 10 percent. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 15, 2014.

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

Luis Antonetti
According to the criminal complaint, Antonetti used a peer-to-peer network in order to make files - containing prepubescent children engaged in graphic sexual acts - available for download. Agents conducting an undercover investigation successfully downloaded one of those files and identified Antonetti as the source through the computer's IP address.

 
Luis Antonetti

A search of Antonetti's Philadelphia residence resulted in the seizure of several hard drives and other electronic media, which will be analyzed by the Office of Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.

Antonetti was arrested on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, and charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.  A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 19, 2014.

Gharald Lynch Jr.
Agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section and officers from the Upper Moreland Police Department arrested Lynch on Thursday, May 1, 2014 following an online investigation into the distribution of child pornography.

 
Gharald Lynch Jr.

According to the criminal complaint, agents, who were conducting an undercover investigation, successfully downloaded 221 files, which depicted children under the age of 18 engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses. Agents were able to track the computer's IP address and identified Lynch's computer as the source for the graphic files. Agents and local law enforcement executed a search of Lynch's Upper Moreland residence and seized a computer, which was previewed by agents from the Office of Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit. Upon initial viewing agents found hundreds of images of child pornography, including children as young as 5 years old in various stages of undress.

Lynch is charged with 20 counts of distribution of child pornography, 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
He was held in the Montgomery County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 13, 2014.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Upper Moreland Police Department for its assistance with the investigation.

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

Reporting Internet Predators

Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Office of 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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