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

April 14, 2014

Allegheny County man arrested in ongoing child pornography investigation

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of an Allegheny County man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Hart Williams, 28, 824 Perry Highway, Apt. 7, Pittsburgh, was arrested on Friday, April 11, 2014 by agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section, following a one-month investigation. 

According to the criminal complaint, agents, who were conducting an online investigation, identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network downloading several media files believed to depict child pornography. The computer's IP address was later identified as serving Williams' Pittsburgh residence.

Agents and officers from the Ross Township Police Department executed a search of Williams' apartment and seized a computer tower, MacBook Pro laptop, two thumb drives and an external hard drive. A preliminary review of the devices revealed more than 250 video files and more than 58,000 still images depicting apparent child pornography. The items will be analyzed further by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.

Williams is charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography, 10 counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. on April 23, 2014 before Magisterial District Judge Richard Opeala.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Ross Township Police Department for its assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny 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 education@attorneygeneral.gov.

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

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