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

December 19, 2013

Four Philadelphia men arrested on charges of distributing, possessing child pornography

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of four Philadelphia men on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Attorney General Kane identified the defendants as:

  • Kevin Budianto, 20, 2134 South 15th St., Philadelphia;
  • Michael Turpin, 23, 4178 Poplar St., Philadelphia;
  • Bryan Biederman, 39, 9530 Evans St., Apt. 3, Philadelphia;
  • James Davis, 22, 3218 West Montgomery Ave., Apt. 1, Philadelphia.

 
Kevin Budianto

Kevin Budianto
According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation found numerous files containing images of prepubescent males engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses. Agents later determined the files were allegedly downloaded to and shared from Budianto's computer.

During a search of Budianto's South 15th street residence, several pieces of computer equipment were located and examined by agents from the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit, who located more than 7,000 images of suspected child pornography.

Budianto is charged with 50 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
He was taken into custody on Dec. 16, 2013 and released on $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 3, 2014.

Michael Turpin

 
Michael Turpin

Turpin was arrested on Dec. 17, 2013 and 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 following a two-month investigation into the alleged distribution of child pornography.

The charges state that agents conducting online investigations located more than 2,800 images of children engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses. Agents executed a search at Turpin's Philadelphia residence and seized a laptop and a desktop computer, both of which contained suspected child pornography. 
 
Turpin was preliminarily arraigned on Dec. 18 and placed in the Philadelphia County Prison after being unable to post bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2014.

Bryan Biederman
Following a two-month investigation into the online sharing and distribution of child pornography, agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Section and officers from the Philadelphia Police Department executed a search warrant at Biederman's Evans street residence. Agents seized a laptop computer, allegedly belonging to Biederman and a preliminary analysis by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit revealed numerous files of pre-teen females engaged in sexual activity.

 
Bryan Biederman

Biederman is charged with 25 counts of possession of child pornography, five counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
He was committed to the Philadelphia County Prison after being unable to post bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 3, 2014.

James Davis
According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation found numerous files containing images of children under the age of 18, engaged in graphic sexual acts or poses. Agents later determined the files were allegedly downloaded to and shared from Davis's computer.

Agents executed a search warrant at Davis's Philadelphia apartment and seized a laptop computer allegedly belonging to Davis, which was examined by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit and allegedly contained suspected child pornography.

Davis was taken into custody on

 
James Davis

 Dec. 18, 2013 and held in the Philadelphia County Prison after being unable to post bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2014.

Davis is charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography, five counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance with the investigations. All four defendants will be prosecuted in Philadelphia County by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Elo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

The expanded Child Predator Section has made 112 arrests this year. 

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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