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

January 9, 2014

Three Northeastern Pa. men arrested on charges of distributing, possessing child pornography

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

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Steven Matechak

 
Jose Musses

 
Colin Roche

The defendants are identified as:

  • Steven Matechak, 28, 26 South Church St., 2nd Floor, Carbondale;
  • Jose Musses, 49, 123 Belmont St., Carbondale;
  • Colin Roche, 18, 518 4th St., Dunmore.

Steven Matechak
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 and poses. Agents later determined the files were allegedly downloaded to and shared from Matechak's computer.

Matechak's computer was seized during service of a search warrant and following a preliminary examination was found to contain child pornography. Agents checked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who confirmed that they are familiar with one of the videos allegedly downloaded and that one child has been identified.

Matechak was taken into custody on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was preliminarily arraigned before Carbondale Magisterial District Judge Sean McGraw and held in the Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2014.

Jose Musses
Agents, who were conducting an online investigation found a number of files containing images of children, as young as 8 years old, engaged in graphic sexual acts and poses. The files were allegedly downloaded to and shared from Musses' computer.

A search of Musses' Carbondale residence resulted in the seizure of a laptop, which was examined by agents from the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit and allegedly contained suspected child pornography.

Musses was taken into custody on Jan. 8, 2014 and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was preliminarily arraigned before Carbondale Magisterial District Judge Sean McGraw and held in the Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2014.

Colin Roche
Roche was arrested on Jan. 7, 2014 and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

The Attorney General's Child Predator Section received a cybertipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which said that America Online reported an individual attempting to email apparent child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, agents found at least four images depicting prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts or poses were emailed from Roche's electronic devices.

During a search of Roche's residence, agents seized a laptop and two cell phones, both of which contained suspected child pornography.
 
Roche was preliminary arraigned before Dunmore Magisterial District Judge Paul Ware and placed in the Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2014.

Attorney General Kane thanked the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Lackawanna County Detectives, the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI Scranton for their assistance with the investigation. All four defendants will be prosecuted in Lackawanna County by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Elo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

The expanded Child Predator Section has made 117 arrests since 2013.

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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