May 29, 2014
Cyber tip leads to arrest of suspected Beaver County child predator
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a Beaver County man on multiple child pornography charges as part of ongoing efforts by the Office of Attorney General (OAG) to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
The OAG's Child Predator Section began an investigation into Clint Kuhlman, 44, 813 Coleman Drive, Rochester, Beaver County, following a cyber-tip line report generated through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
According to the criminal complaint, Kuhlman uploaded numerous suspected child pornography files to an online image and video hosting website. The files allegedly depicted children, under the age of 18, engaged in graphic sexual acts and poses, and were made available for anyone to download through the site.
Agents, along with officers from the Rochester Township Police Department, executed a search of Kuhlman's Rochester home and seized a computer and internal hard drive, which were previewed by the computer forensics agents and found to contain at least 250 images of suspected child pornography.
Kuhlman was arrested on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, and charged with 10 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 preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Livingston and held in the Beaver County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 3, 2014.
Attorney General Kane thanked the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office and the Rochester Township Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Beaver County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the OAG's Child Predator Section.
Attorney General Kane noted that the western region of the OAG's Child Predator Section arrested 10 suspected child predators during the month of May, including two men who traveled to predetermined meeting locations to meet what they believed were 14-year old girls for the purpose of having sex.
Reporting Internet Predators
This case highlights the importance of reporting to law enforcement any suspicious behavior and content found on the Internet. 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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