June 28, 2013
Child pornography charges filed against two Pennsylvania men
HARRISBURG - A McKean County man and a Blair County man have been arrested as part of an ongoing effort to target the online sharing, downloading, and distribution of child pornography.
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendants as Jason Solt, 30, 249 Donna St., Hollidaysburg, Blair County and Christopher Abrams, 28, 20 Burnside Ave., Bradford, McKean County.
According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation found dozens of files containing
Solt was arrested on June 26, 2013 by agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Section. A search of Solt's Hollidaysburg residence resulted in the seizure of a computer, which will be analyzed by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of a continuing investigation.
Solt is charged with five counts of distribution of child pornography, five counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Paula Ainger and held in the Blair County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 9, 2013.
The case will be prosecuted in Blair County by Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation noticed multiple downloads of suspected child pornography on Christopher Abrams computer. Abrams allegedly downloaded sexually graphic images of children as young as four to eight years old.
He was preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Richard Luther and is being held in the McKean County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 11, 2013 before Magisterial District Judge Dominic Cercone.
Kane thanked the Bradford City Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in McKean 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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