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."
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.
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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