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

July 17, 2014

Attorney General Kane announces arrest of "traveling" child predator from Westmoreland County

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a Westmoreland County man accused of posting an online advertisement for sex and then traveling to an Allegheny County location to meet who he believed was a 14-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, agents operating undercover and posing online as a 14-year-old girl responded to an advertisement soliciting sex that Matthew Chowan, 24, 941 Castleview Drive, North Huntingdon posted online. 2014_07_17_Chowan_Matthew

The charges state that Chowan propositioned the teen for sex and described in detail the sexual acts that he wished to perform when they met. Chowan allegedly proposed meeting the girl in order to engage in sexual activities, including oral sex.

Chowan was arrested on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, when he arrived at a pre-determined meeting location in Allegheny County. He is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of criminal attempt and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He is currently being held in the Allegheny County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 29, 2014, before Monroeville Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Herbst.

The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Office of 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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