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

 

May 3, 2013

Two Lehigh Valley men & a Crawford County man arrested on child pornography charges

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that the Attorney General's Child Predator Section arrested two Lehigh Valley men and a Crawford County man, as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading, and distribution of child pornography.

Kane identified the defendants as:

  • Ruddy Fernandez-Vasquez, 27, 1412 West Turner St., Allentown, Lehigh County,
  • Pedro Zambrano, 20, 515 East Turner St., Apartment, 6, Allentown, Lehigh County, and
  • Ronald Horner, 20, 2745 S. 1st St., Jamestown, Crawford County.

Fernandez-Vasquez

Ruddy Fernandez-VasquesAgents conducting an online investigation found at least 17 files containing suspected child pornography on Fernandez-Vasquez's computer, according to the criminal complaint.

Fernandez-Vasquez was arrested on May 1, 2013 by agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Section with the assistance of the Allentown Police Department. He was preliminarily arraigned before Allentown Magisterial District Judge Crawford and held in the Lehigh County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 8th at 1:30 p.m.

A search of Fernandez-Vasquez's West Turner Street residence resulted in the seizure of computer equipment and electronic storage devices, which will be analyzed by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of a continuing investigation.

Fernandez-Vasquez is charged with four counts of distribution of child pornography, four counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Kane thanked the Allentown Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Lehigh County by Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Zambrano

Pedro ZambranoAgents conducting an online investigation noticed at least 31 files containing suspected child pornography on Zembrano's computer, according to the criminal complaint.

Zambrano was arrested on May 2, 2013 by agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Section, with the assistance of the Allentown Police Department. He was preliminarily arraigned before Allentown Magisterial District Judge Crawford and held in the Lehigh County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 9th at 2:30 p.m.

A search of Zambrano's East Turner Street residence resulted in the seizure of computer equipment and electronic storage devices, which will be analyzed by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of a continuing investigation.

Zambrano is charged with three counts of distribution of child pornography, three counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Kane thanked the Allentown Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Lehigh County by Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Horner

Ronald HornerDuring an undercover investigation, agents noticed at least four video files containing suspected child pornography that were downloaded from Horner's computer, according to the criminal complaint.

A search warrant was executed on May 3, 2013, which resulted in the seizure of additional child pornography. Horner's computer was seized by agents from the Attorney General's Computer Forensic Unit and will be analyzed as part of an ongoing investigation.

Horner is charged with four counts of distribution of child pornography, three counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of illegal use of a communications facility.

Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police and the Conneaut Lake Regional Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.

Horner will be prosecuted in Crawford County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

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

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