Seven ar­rested in child porn roundup

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The Berks County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice an­nounced Dec. 21 that seven peo­ple have been ar­rested in a county-wide child pornog­ra­phy round-up.

Po­lice said dur­ing the past nine months, de­tec­tives from the Berks County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Child Abuse Unit con­ducted a county-wide child pornog­ra­phy in­ves­ti­ga­tion in con­junc­tion with the In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task Force.

De­tec­tives found that seven peo­ple had pos­sessed or dis­sem­i­nated child porn via the in­ter­net. Po­lice ob­tained and served search war­rants on their homes where of­fi­cers seized cell phones, elec­tronic equip­ment and com­put­ers that were ex­am­ined by a foren­sic an­a­lyst. The de­vices were found to have thou­sands of child porno­graphic im­ages.

Those charged were Joseph Peter McCormick, 75, of Bech­telsville; Shaun Scott Burkholder, 45, of Ex­eter; Cody Ian Staub, 28, of Blan­don; Jody John Smith, 43, of Wy­omiss­ing; Ti­mothy Steven­son, 26, of Here­ford; Lee R. Bar­let, 29, of Blan­don; and Bradley Michael Coleman, 31, of Strausstown.

All the de­fen­dants have been trans­ported to Berks County Sher­iff’s Cen­tral Pro­cess­ing Cen­ter for ar­raign­ment.

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