July 3, 2014
York County man charged with manufacturing, distributing child pornography
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a York County man, who allegedly recorded nude children from outside their home, as part of ongoing efforts to target child predators.
The defendant is identified as Carmelo Rodriguez, 55, 776 W. Philadelphia St., York, York County.
Rodriguez is charged with two counts of manufacturing of child pornography, four counts of dissemination of child pornography, 25 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of invasion of privacy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
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 the above York County residence, where agents later located Rodriguez.
A search of Rodriguez's York County residence on July 2, 2014 uncovered multiple computers and removable storage devices containing child pornography. Preliminary searches of Rodriguez 's devices revealed dozens of videos and photos of apparent child pornography containing children as young as 6 or 7 years old.
During an on-scene preview of files located on an USB flash drive, agents discovered videos of two females, both believed to be under the age of 18, in various states of undress, recorded from outside a residential window. Rodriguez allegedly recorded these videos in 2011.
Rodriguez was preliminarily arraigned before York Magisterial District Judge Richard Martin and held on $120,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 11, 2014.
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 email@example.com.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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