January. 13, 2014
Registered sex offender from Dauphin County arrested on child pornography charges
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a Dauphin County man, as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation found numerous files containing explicit images of minors engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses. Agents determined that the files were being downloaded and disseminated from a computer allegedly belonging to William Hopkins, 56, 304 Market St., Third Floor, Millersburg, Dauphin County. Hopkins is a lifetime Megan's Law registrant.
During a search of Hopkins' Millersburg apartment, forensic examiners located suspected child pornography on a desktop computer. Hopkins was arrested on Jan. 10, 2014 and charged with 11 counts of distribution of child pornography, 11 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
He was preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Rebecca Margerum and held in the Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2014.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Millersburg Borough Police Department for their assistance with the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Dauphin County by Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
The Child Predator Section has made 119 arrests since its expansion in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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