June 10, 2014
Erie man arrested on child pornography charges
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of an Erie man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
According to the criminal complaint, Frank Clement, 43, 2921 Hazel St., Erie, 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 those files and identified Clement as the source through the computer's IP address.
On Monday, June 9, 2014, agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section, along with officers of the Erie Police Department executed a search of Clement's Erie residence. The charges state that agents found more than 500 hits using a text string search of common child pornographic terms. These items were all found located in deleted space, which indicates that files with these names existed on the hard drive before allegedly being deleted and wiped by Clement.
Clement was arrested on June 10, 2014, and charged with four counts of distribution of child pornography, four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was held in the Erie County Prison in lieu of $200,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 19, 2014, before Magisterial District Judge Dominick DePaolo.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Erie Police Department for its assistance with the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Erie County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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