April 2, 2013
Scranton Man Faces Child Pornography Charges
HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit have arrested a Lackawanna County man, accused of using Internet file-sharing programs to download, share, and possess child pornography.
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendant as Alesis Gabriel Olivar, 34, 630 Adams Avenue, Apartment 102, Scranton, PA.
"Whether predators live in my hometown or your hometown, we will find them and prosecute them," Kane said.
Olivar is charged with four counts of Sexual Abuse of Children, for possessing and distributing child pornography, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. All five charges are third degree felonies, each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines. This arrest was the culmination of a one and a half month investigation by the Child Predator Unit.
On Tuesday, April 2, a search warrant was executed at Olivar's residence. Agents found computer equipment and electronic devices that contained images of children in sexual situations. Olivar was not present, but was later located by agents and taken into custody.
After charges were filed against Olivar, he was transported to Lackawanna County Prison. Olivar's preliminary hearing is set for April 8th at 10 AM in front of Magisterial District Judge Hailstone Farrell, 130 N. Washington Ave. Scranton PA. Bail was set at $100,000 cash.
Kane thanked the Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office and the Scranton Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)