A Centre County man was charged by the state Attorney General’s Office in a child pornography case announced Friday.
Alexander Philip Park, 24, of Lemont, was arrested Thursday and is free on $50,000 unsecured bail after being charged with 25 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Court documents show Park was a church youth leader attending a Huntingdon County camp at the time of his arrest. A camp leader said Park was not an employee or otherwise affiliated with the camp. No information was available identifying the church.
He was arraigned before District Judge Tom Jordan, and a preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday.
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According to the Attorney General’s Office, the Child Predator Section started its investigation of Park after receiving a cyber tipline report generated through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip pointed to five images uploaded to Google, all containing children younger than 18. That tip was received April 18.
The criminal complaint alleges Park “uploaded multiple images depicting child pornography to two separate websites. The files allegedly depicted children, under the age of 18, engaged in graphic sexual acts and poses,” according to a press release.
State agents and State College police seized three computers and a thumb drive from Park’s residence, the Attorney General’s Office said. Computer forensic agents found them to contain “several hundred images or videos of suspected child pornography.”
Two agents traveled to the camp to make contact with Park, interviewing him, where he admitted to possession of the images, according to the criminal complaint.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane thanked the State College police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for their assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Centre County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones.