Attorney General Kane announces eight men charged with child porn in statewide sweep

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Credit: provided
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Credit: provided

Eight men around Pennsylvania, including three local men, were arrested over the past week on various child pornography charges as part of a statewide sweep by the office of Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The eight suspects were typically charged after online investigations discovered the IP addresses of computer at these suspect’s residences were being used to make videos of child pornography available for download by other users through peer-to-peer downloading programs.

Edgardo Hernandez, 22, of the 1900 block of Thayer Street in Philadelphia, was arrested Tuesday, April 1 by Attorney General’s office staff and Philadelphia police after his IP address was allegedly identified as posting files of children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual acts and poses and available for download.

Yorgardy Leonardo, 19, of the 2900 block of Gransback St., was arrested on Tuesday, April 1 for posting suspected child pornography for download online.

Samuel Askinas, 25, of the 200 block of Prospect Avenue in Downingtown, was arrested on Wednesday, April 2 for allegedly making files “of investigative interest” available for download and reportedly searching for “preteen hard core” child pornography on online programs.

Investigators seized computers at Askinas’ home that reportedly had more than 100 child pornography videos stored, and more than 700 child pornography videos reportedly listed in the “incoming” program running on a file sharing program, according to law enforcement officers.

All three are charged with possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility.

Other suspects arrested last week include David Burke, 60, of Blair County; Charles Weiher, 67, of Allegheny County, Edward Campion, 41, of Washington County, Justin Sells, 32, of Allegheny County, and Dane Blood, 30, of Allegheny County.



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