Charleroi man arrested on child pornography charges

April 2, 2014
Edward J. Campion

A Charleroi man was arrested Tuesday night on charges including possession of child pornography following an investigation by a special agent with the state attorney general’s office.

Edward J. Campion, 41, of 405 1/2 Crest Ave., was arrested following a seven-week investigation that began in February.

Investigators received a cybertipline report through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The report was initiated by an image and video hosting website. A user on the site was reportedly uploading suspected child pornography.

A special agent with the attorney general’s office viewed the file that appeared to depict a young girl approximately 6 to 8 years old, nude from the waist down.

On March 14, investigators received a court order from Allegheny County Court directing Verizon Internet Services to release subscriber and other pertinent information on the user of the IP address. Campion was identified by Verizon.

A search warrant was executed at Campion’s home Tuesday. Two laptop computers, computer tower, two flash drives and other items were seized.

A forensic examiner checked the devices and found apparent child pornography media files. Child pornography were also found on a memory card containing 200 video files. Five of these files were extracted and more than 1,000 images with names indicating child pornographic content found, according to court records. The files reviewed showed young girls being inappropriately touched by different men.

Campion, who was not home at the time, was notified of the search. He told investigators that he was in the state of New York and had been there since Monday. He also agreed to immediately return to Pennsylvania

Campion was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward on 21 counts of possession of child pornography and 18 counts of criminal use of a communication facility. He was placed in Washington County jail on $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for April 14 before District Judge Larry Hopkins.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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