Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

March 22, 2013

Two Western Pennsylvania men arrested in child pornography investigations

HARRISBURG - As part of separate investigations, agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit have arrested  two Western Pennsylvania men accused of using Internet file-sharing programs to download, share, and possess child pornography.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendants as David O'Connell, 34, 905 Holly Lynn Drive, Bethel Park and Dennis Belles, 45, 145 W. Main St., Evans City, Butler County.

"The exploitation of children will not be tolerated," Kane said. "Thanks to agents from our Child Predator Unit and investigators from the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, more children are safe as a result of these arrests."

David O'Connell

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David O'Connell

The charges state that O'Connell used his computer to store multiple videos that contained explicit images of underage children engaging in sex. The videos and images were identified on O'Connell's computer by agents who were conducting undercover child pornography investigations. 

O'Connell was arrested on March 21, 2013 at his home by agents from the Child Predator Unit, who were assisted by investigators from the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office and the Bethel Park Police Department.

Agents executed a search warrant at O'Connell's home and seized items, which will be analyzed by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation into the trafficking of child pornography. 

O'Connell is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography, five counts of distribution of child pornography, and one count of illegal use of a communication facility.

Kane thanked the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office and the Bethel Park Police Department for their assistance with this investigation.

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Dennis Belles

Dennis Belles

Additional charges were filed today against Belles, who was arrested on Feb. 10, 2013 after traveling to Cranberry Township to meet what he thought was a 13-year old girl for sex. According to the criminal complaint, in December 2012 Belles sent sexually graphic images of minor females to an undercover officer, who is a member of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) task force.

The images allegedly sent in December were recovered on Belles' cell phone by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit.

Belles is charged today with two counts of distribution of child pornography, two counts of possession, and one count of illegal use of a communication facility.

O'Connell and Belles will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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