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

   

October 24, 2013


Three Erie County men arrested for distributing child pornography

Aaron Crossman 
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 Robert Corbett
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 Steven Wettekin
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HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of three Erie County men on unrelated charges as part of an ongoing effort to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Attorney General Kane identified the defendants as:

  • Aaron Crossman, 27, 534 Stafford Ave., Erie;
  • Robert Corbett, 27, 4829 Idylbrook Court, Erie; and
  • Steven Wettekin, 33, 8431 Lake Pleasant Road, Erie.

According to the criminal complaint, agents, who were conducting an online investigation, found numerous files shared from each man's computer. In each case the files allegedly contained depictions of children, under the age of 18, posing naked in sexually suggestive positions or engaging in extremely sexually graphic acts.

Crossman was arrested on Oct. 17, and charged with one count of distribution of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communications facility. He is being held in the Erie County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25, 2013.

Corbett was arrested on Oct. 17, and charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography, five counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He is being held in the Erie County Prison on $100,000 cash bail.

Wettekin was arrested on Oct. 21, and charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. 

Attorney General Kane thanked the Millcreek Township Police Department, the Erie City Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police for their assistance with the investigations, which are ongoing.

The cases will be prosecuted in Erie County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Reporting Internet Predators

Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General's Child Predator Section using the online complaint form or by calling the Child Predator Hotline, at 1-800-385-1044.

Internet safety tips and other information are available in the "Operation Safe Surf" section of the Attorney General's website. Organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations should contact the Attorney General's Education and Outreach Unit at 1-800-525-7642 or via email at education@attorneygeneral.gov.

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

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