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


November 27, 2013

Chester County man arrested on charges of distributing, possessing child pornography

HARRISBURG -- Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced today that agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Section have arrested a Chester County man as part of an ongoing effort to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Attorney General Kane identified the defendant as Robert Ray Horsch, 27, 12 Comanche Lane, Honey Brook, Chester County. This arrest was the culmination of a two-month investigation.

"Our efforts to catch child predators continue to make Pennsylvania safer for our children," Attorney General Kane said, "Thank you to the dedicated agents of our Child Predator Section for their work to get this predator offline and off the streets of Chester County."

According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation found numerous files containing depictions of children engaged in extremely sexually graphic acts and poses. Agents later determined the files were allegedly downloaded to and shared from Horsch's computer.

During the search of Horsch's residence, three computers and an external hard drive were found within the residence. Those devices were previewed and/or examined by agents of the Office of Attorney General?s Computer Forensics Unit. During the preview of these devices, child pornography was found on the external hard drive.

Horsch is charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse of children for distributing child pornography, 10 counts of felony sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography and one felony count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Horsch was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Gwenn Knapp and bail was set at $75,000. The defendant was unable to post the bail and was committed to the Chester County Prison.

Attorney General Kane thanked the West Brandywine Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.

Horsch is the 107th child predator arrested this year by Attorney General Kane's expanded Child Predator Section.

Reporting Internet Predators

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

Internet safety tips are available on the "Operation Safe Surf" section of www.attorneygeneral.gov. 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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