Warren Reynolds, 51, was charged Tuesday following an investigation that began when his wife called a computer technician to service their family computer, officials said. Investigators say that as the technician worked he discovered numerous images of child pornography. Some of the files were accessed the previous day while Reynolds was home, officials said.
The technician reported his findings to state police, and an investigation began. Police executed a search warrant at Reynolds home and made a disturbing discovery, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
500 counts of sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility were filed against Reynolds Tuesday. He remained free after posting 10 percent of $1,000,000 bail set by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Seavey.
Law enforcement officials harshly condemned Reynolds’ alleged crimes. District Attorney Tom Hogan said child pornography is part of a grim cycle that locks children in a life of nightmarish abuse.
“Child pornography is another link in the chain of depravity that binds victims of child abuse,” Hogan said. “Anybody who possesses or distributes child pornography is helping to support the sexual abuse of defenseless kids.”
Officials said state police investigators recovered multiple computers, external hard drives, floppy disks, compact disks, VHS tapes, reels of film, photo slides, a video camera, printed images of adults sexually assaulting children, and a pair of children’s underwear.
State police investigators examined the content and determined that the cache contained over 500 still and video images of child pornography. The images depicted boys and girls - as young as three years old - and show the victims engaging in sexual acts with adults and other children, officials said.
Investigators said the disks and filed were labeled with titles that are commonly associated with child pornography, including names like “Age 06,” “The Early Stuff,” and “Baby J,” and other explicit titles.
“Whatever your position in life, possession of child pornography is a one-way ticket to arrest, prosecution, and shame,” Hogan said. “If we catch you with child porn, nobody will ever forget your name or your offense. Do not view child pornography, do not download child pornography, do not aid and abet in this cycle of abuse.”
State police officials said the agency is dedicated to the investigation of these crimes.
“The Pennsylvania State Police aggressively investigates child pornography allegations,” said Captain William White. “State police investigators in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit are committed to prosecuting anyone engaging in the exploitation of children through pornography.”
The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police. Prosecutor Deborah Ryan of the District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit was assigned to prosecute the case.
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