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

February 24, 2013

Cumberland County middle school teacher arrested on child pornography charges

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a Cumberland County man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.2-24-14 Craig Cohen

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, including a file named "Preteen Boys Pedo Gay."

Agents determined that the files were being made publicly available for download from a computer allegedly belonging to Craig Cohen, 29, 101 2nd St., East Pennsboro. Cohen is an 8th grade science teacher at East Pennsboro Middle School.

A search of Cohen's East Pennsboro residence resulted in the seizure of a desktop computer, a laptop computer, an external hard drive and various other electronic media. The items were preliminarily examined by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit, which located numerous files containing suspected child pornography.

Cohen was arrested this morning and charged with four counts of dissemination of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Richard Dougherty and placed in the Cumberland County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 3, 2014 at 9 a.m. 

Attorney General Kane thanked the East Pennsboro Police Department and the East Pennsboro School District for their assistance with the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Cumberland County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's 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 education@attorneygeneral.gov

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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