March 27, 2014
Washington County man arrested in ongoing child pornography investigation
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a Washington County man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
Richard Mollenkopf, 40, 300 Annuity Drive, Washington, Washington County, was arrested following a two-month investigation by agents in the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
According to the criminal complaint, agents, who were conducting an online investigation, identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network sharing several media files believed to depict child pornography. The computer's IP address was later identified as serving Mollenkopf's Washington residence.
Agents, along with state police, executed a search at Mollenkopf's home and seized two laptops, a computer tower and other media storage devices. A preliminary review of the devices revealed several hundred video and image files with file names indicative of child pornography. The items will be analyzed further by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.
Mollenkopf is charged with 12 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 before Magisterial District Judge Ethan Ward and held on $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled April 10 at 11 a.m.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police for its assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Washington County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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