August 7, 2014
Child predator arrests top 100 in 2014
Two arrests made in York and Harrisburg this week
Law enforcement now armed with state-of-the-art technology
HARRISBURG - With two additional arrests this week, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's Child Predator Section has now apprehended 101 child predators in 2014.
"The online exploitation of children continues to grow at an alarming rate in the United States. In Pennsylvania, thanks to the support of the legislature, we have the people and the tools to do something about it," Attorney General Kane said. "We started building this team last year and by year's end we arrested 114 predators. We expect to stop significantly more child predators this year."
Attorney General Kane in 2013 requested and received funding from the legislature to create a state-of-the-art facility with agents and attorneys devoted exclusively to identifying, arresting and prosecuting child predators. The office categorizes them as manufacturers, travelers, distributors and those who disseminate graphic photos of themselves engaged in sexual activity.
"When we took office last year, we promised to aggressively target child predators and protect Pennsylvania's children. With the number of arrests we are making, we are delivering on that promise," she said.
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 residence of Benjamin Jenkins, 30, 7166 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, Dauphin County.
Agents executed a search warrant at Jenkins' home and seized computers, which were previewed by the Office of Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit and found to contain in excess of 200 video files of suspected child pornography.
Jenkins was taken into custody on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 and charged with 23 counts of distribution of child pornography, 25 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was taken to Dauphin County's Central Booking for his preliminary arraignment.
Scott Rosenfeld, 41, 1703 Weeping Willow Lane, Dover, York County, was taken into custody on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Following a search of his residence, agents from the Office of Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit previewed three hard drives and a thumb drive and found more than 200 images and 10 video files containing suspected child pornography.
Rosenfeld is charged with 25 counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was held in the York County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 18, 2014. Attorney General Kane thanked the Northern York Regional Police Department for its assistance with the investigation.
Both cases will be prosecuted in their respective counties by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher J. Jones 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. Anonymous tips can also be sent directly from a cell phone by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411 or through an online complaint form.
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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