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

Aug. 1, 2014

Two suspected child predators arrested on unrelated charges

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of two Pennsylvania men on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

The defendants are identified as:

  • Alexander Park, 24, 180 Grove Circle, Lemont, Centre County; and
  • William Bairstow, 53, 326 Hellerman St., Philadelphia.

Alexander Park
The Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section began an investigation into Park following a cyber-tip line report generated through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

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Alexander Park

According to the criminal complaint, Park uploaded multiple images depicting child pornography to two separate websites.  The files allegedly depicted children, under the age of 18, engaged in graphic sexual acts and poses.

Agents, along with officers from the State College Police Department executed a search of Park's residence and seized three computers and a thumb drive, which were previewed by computer forensics agents and found to contain several hundred images or videos of suspected child pornography.

Park was taken into custody on Thursday, July 31, 2014, and charged with 25 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6, 2014.

Attorney General Kane thanked the State College Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for their assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Centre County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

William Bairstow
Bairstow was arrested on Friday, July 25, 2014, following an undercover investigation into the dissemination of child pornography. Agents, who were conducting an online investigation, identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network sharing media files believed to contain child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, agents successfully downloaded one of those files, which depicted children engaged in graphic sexual acts and poses. The computer's IP address, which was allegedly making the files available, was later traced to Bairstow.

Computer forensics agents completed a forensic analysis on evidence seized during the course of the investigation and discovered several thousand videos and images containing suspected child pornography.

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William Bairstow

Bairstow is charged with 300 counts of possession of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was released on $50,000 ? 10 percent bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 14, 2014.

The case will be prosecuted in Philadelphia County by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Elo of the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Reporting Internet Predators

Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Anonymous tips can also be sent directly from a cell phone by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411 or through an online complaint form.

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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