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

Weekly Child Predator Update

January 15, 2013

Five men from across Pa. arrested on unrelated charges of distributing, possessing child pornography

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

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James McNulty

 
Kerry Ritchey

 
William Murray Jr.

 
Thomas Hall

 
Thomas Matthews Jr.

The defendants are identified as:

  • James McNulty, 54, 743 Watkins St., Philadelphia;
  • Kerry Ritchey, 41, 3096 Plank Road, Hopewell, Bedford County;
  • William Murray Jr., 51, 6 Milton St., Uniontown, Fayette County;
  • Thomas Hall, 60, 340 Balsinger Road, McClellandtown, Fayette County;
  • Thomas Matthews Jr., 27, 262 King St., Apt. 529, Pottstown, Montgomery County.

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

Agents executed a search of McNulty's Philadelphia residence and seized numerous computers and electronic equipment. A preliminary review of the seized items by the Attorney General' Computer Forensics Unit resulted in the discovery of at least 1,300 files of suspected child pornography.

McNulty was taken into custody on Jan. 7, 2014 and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of children and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was preliminarily arraigned in Philadelphia and released after posting $10,000 percentage cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2014.

The case will be prosecuted in Philadelphia County by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Elo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Kerry Ritchey
Ritchey was arrested on Jan. 13, 2014 and charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography, five counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
 
The charges state that Ritchey downloaded and subsequently shared child pornography. A search of his Bedford County home resulted in the seizure of a laptop computer, a desktop computer, a notebook computer and an external hard drive, along with various other electronic media. A preview of these items led to the discovery of suspected child pornography.

Ritchey was preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Brian Baker and held on $100,000 bail at 10%. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2014. The case will be prosecuted in Bedford County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

William Murray Jr.
On Jan. 14, 2014, agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Section along with the Pennsylvania State Police executed a search warrant at Murray's Uniontown residence and seized several media storage devices. During a preview, apparent child pornography was discovered.

Murray is charged with five 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 preliminarily arraigned in Fayette County and held on $100,000 straight bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Dennis. 

The case will be prosecuted in Fayette County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Thomas Hall
Hall was arrested on Jan. 14, 2014 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. The arrest is the result of a five month investigation by the Attorney General's Child Predator Section into Hall's alleged downloading and sharing of child pornography.

Hall was preliminarily arraigned in Fayette County and held in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. Additionally, he was ordered to have no Internet use or unsupervised contact with minors. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Randy Abraham.

The case will be prosecuted in Fayette County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Thomas Matthews Jr.
According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation located several files containing images of children, under the age of 18, engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses. Agents later determined the files were allegedly downloaded to and shared from Matthews' computer.

Matthews was arrested on Jan. 14, 2014 and 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. He was held in the Montgomery County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2014.

The case will be prosecuted in Montgomery County by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Elo of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Attorney General Kane's expanded Child Predator Section has made 124 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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