August 26, 2014
Attorney General Kane joins Child Predator Section for arrest of East Pittsburgh man
Video: Agents, AG Kane preview evidence in new forensics truck
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane yesterday joined agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section and other law enforcement officials to arrest an East Pittsburgh man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
"Predators use the newest technology to seek others who are like them, who will share their pornography," Attorney General Kane said. "In Pennsylvania we are finding all the dark corners in which they are hiding and bringing them into well-lighted courtrooms."
Attorney General Kane in 2013 requested and received funding from the legislature to create a state-of-the-art facility with agents and attorneys devoted exclusively to identifying, arresting and prosecuting child predators. The latest arrest of Jeremy Zorich, 36, 535 Sunnyside Ave., East Pittsburgh, is the 107th arrest made by the Child Predator Section this year.
According to the criminal complaint, agents, who were conducting an online investigation, identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network and successfully downloaded two files believed to depict child pornography. One of those files allegedly contained graphic sexual images of a young girl, who is approximately 2 to 4 years old.
Agents identified the computer's IP address as serving Zorich's East Pittsburgh residence and executed a search of the home with the Attorney General and other local law enforcement. Computer forensics agents previewed a laptop seized during the search and found numerous media files containing suspected child pornography.
Zorich is charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was placed in the Allegheny County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2, 2014.
Attorney General Kane thanked the East Pittsburgh Police Department and North Versailles Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.
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 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 email@example.com.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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