Penn State student charged with possession of child pornography

A Penn State student is accused of using Internet file-sharing programs to download and share child pornography.

Ian Z. Shulman, 19, turned himself in Thursday to authorities from the Attorney General’s Office child predator unit, according to a news release. Court documents listed his address as 506 Beaver Hall, University Park.

Authorities said Shulman’s arrest comes after a two-month investigation that included a search warrant on Shulman’s residence. The items that were seized will be analyzed by the prosecutors as part of their ongoing investigation into child pornography trafficking.

The search warrant was not available through county court records, and the criminal complaint and affidavit detailing the allegations were not available Friday because court offices were closed for the Good Friday holiday.

Authorities said Shulman faces 53 counts of felony child pornography possession charges and three felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility. Each count could mean up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines.

“The proliferation of child pornography on the Internet is frightening,” Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in a statement. “My office is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting anyone that produces, disseminates or stores child pornography online.”

Shulman was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Carmine Prestia, who set bail at $150,000 unsecured.

Shulman is represented by State College lawyer Joe Amendola.

“We are still in the very early stages of Ian’s case, but we believe we have a defense to the charges which have been filed against him,” Amendola said. “We will learn a great deal more about the commonwealth’s case against Ian once we obtain more information about his case through the normal discovery process.”

Shulman is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Centre County court.