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Charges mount against accused Lower Providence child porn collector

Edward Clyde Elvin Jr. charged a second time with possessing child pornograph­y

- By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@pottsmerc.com

LOWER PROVIDENCE » A Lower Providence man accused last year of possessing more than 7,300 images of child pornograph­y saw charges mount against him after he allegedly con- tinued to possess such material while free on bail awaiting trial in the original case.

Edward Clyde Elvin Jr., 65, of the 100 block of Park Avenue, was arraigned before District Court Judge Michael P. Quinn on 252 counts of possessing child pornograph­y and one count of criminal use of a communicat­ion facility in connection with alleged incidents that occurred in March. Elvin faces a May 17 preliminar­y hearing on the new charges before District Court Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar.

At the time of his arrest, Elvin was free on bail while awaiting trial on charges, filed against him in January 2021, of possessing 7,366 images of child pornograph­y. As conditions of bail, Elvin was prohibited from using the internet and he was prohibited from having contact with minors.

The latest investigat­ion began on April 11 when county detectives received a CyberTip from the Pennsylvan­ia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, initiated by Apple Inc., “after the discovery of images of child pornograph­y uploaded by a user of their platform,” county Detective James Reape alleged in the criminal complaint, adding Apple reported the incident to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The tip initiated by Apple reported Elvin uploaded images of child pornograph­y to its platform from March 4 to March 7.

“Apple provided a total of 8 emails that contained images of confirmed child pornograph­y,” Reape alleged, adding the images were uploaded by Elvin through one email account and then transmitte­d to another of his email accounts.

The images involved females between the ages of 3 and 12, according to court papers.

Armed with a search warrant, detectives went to Elvin’s home on April 28 and seized his cellphone, court documents indicate. When detectives previewed the phone they found four video files that “clearly depicted” a child under 13 engaged in indecent contact or minors involved in lewd conduct “for the viewer’s sexual gratificat­ion,” Reape alleged.

The original investigat­ion began in October 2020, when county detectives received a CyberTipli­ne notificati­on, routed through the Delaware County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, consisting of 26 reports provided by Google regarding a user account that contained more than 500 images of “child sexual assault imagery,” according to court papers.

The files depicted various sexual images of children “ranging in ages from infancy through teen years,” Reape alleged in the original arrest affidavit. The investigat­ion linked the user account informatio­n to Elvin’s residence.

Detectives went to Elvin’s residence on Oct. 28, 2020, and seized a computer tablet, which underwent a forensic examinatio­n. Detectives allegedly located 7,366 image files “depicting children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual acts of posing naked,” according to the criminal complaint.

“Over 100 of these images were of children under the age of 13. The majority of these images and files are of babies and toddlers being sexually abused,” Reape alleged in the original arrest affidavit.

Assistant District Attorney Jediah Grobstein is prosecutin­g the cases. Defense lawyer Brooks Thompson represents Elvin, according to court records.

Prosecutor­s said the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, along with specially trained and sworn detectives from police department­s countywide routinely work with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to protect children from internet predators by aggressive­ly and proactivel­y investigat­ing internet crimes that exploit children.

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