September 17, 2012
Drug arrest leads to child pornography charges against Allegheny County woman
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly today announced the arrest of an Allegheny woman as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected child abuse and child pornography.
Kelly identified the defendant as Pamela Smallis, 49, 300 Stocker Drive, Moon Township, Allegheny County.
According to the criminal complaint, Smallis was initially the subject of an undercover investigation into the alleged distribution of illegal narcotics and prescription medications to minors. Following Smallis?s April 2012 arrest, the Attorney General?s Computer Forensics Unit examined a cellular telephone memory card and discovered a large amount of child pornography.
Kelly said that a total of 33 picture files and two videos depicting images of nude minors and minors engaged in sexual activity were uncovered. She noted that this is an ongoing investigation and encouraged anyone with additional information to contact the Attorney General?s Bureau of Criminal Investigations at 412-565-2192.
Smallis is charged with 34 counts of sexual abuse of children (possession of child pornography), 34 counts of sexual abuse of children (photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filing sexual acts), 16 counts of unlawful contact with a minor, five counts of sexual exploitation of children, five counts of endangering the welfare of children, five counts of corruption of minors, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Smallis was taken into custody yesterday, Sept. 16, 2012 and is being held on $50,000 straight bail. She is also prohibited from having contact with any victims associated with the case.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. before Coraopolis Magisterial District Judge Mary Murray.
Kelly thanked the Moon Township Police Department, North Fayette Police Department and the Allegheny County Sheriff's Department for their assistance with the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Senior Deputy Attorney General William Caye of the Attorney General?s Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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