December 13, 2013
Fayette County man arrested on charges of distributing, possessing child pornography
HARRISBURG -- Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced a Fayette County man has been arrested as part of an ongoing effort to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
Attorney General Kane identified the defendant as Steven C. Elek, 72, 1 Spalding St., Uniontown, Fayette County. The arrest was the culmination of a five-month investigation.
According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation found numerous files containing depictions of children between six- and 10-years-old engaged in extremely sexually graphic acts and poses. Agents later determined the files were allegedly downloaded to and shared from Elek's computer.
During the search of Elek's residence, a computer was found within the residence and was examined by agents of the Office of Attorney General?s Computer Forensics Unit who located more than 100 apparent child pornographic videos on Elek's computer.
Elek is charged with three felony counts of sexual abuse of children for distributing child pornography, four counts of felony sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography and one felony count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Elek was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Dennis and held in the Fayette County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. The defendant was unable to post the bail and was committed to the Fayette County Jail.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police, Uniontown Barracks for their assistance in the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Fayette County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General?s Child Predator Section.
Elek is the 108th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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