Additional charges bound over in child porn case

All 1,508 additional charges against a State College man accused of possessing child pornography were bound over by District Judge Allen Sinclair after a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

David M. Buckley, 28, was taken away from the Centre County Courthouse in handcuffs Wednesday and transported back to the county jail where he is being held on $50,000 bail.

Ferguson Township Detective Devon Michael Moran testified that 1,893 images were found on Buckley’s computer, including 33 videos.

Moran testified that that images displayed underage girls exposing their genitals.

Moran also testified that all of the images were in one folder on Buckley’s desktop. The file path folder contained letters that Moran testified are well-known to investigators as signifiers of underage porn.

Moran testified that Buckley gave him the password for his computer after a search warrant was executed.

Buckley’s defense attorney, Joe Amendola, told the court that he believed each image, which Buckley is being charged in possession of as individual counts, “needed to be viewed to see if they constitute” a child pornography charge.

Parks Miller objected to Amendola as she argued that Moran was qualified as a detective to know what constitutes child pornography and what does not.

Amendola also argued that the commonwealth’s burden of proof includes demonstrating that his client “intentionally viewed the images.” Amendola argued that the commonwealth “had not done that.”

Parks Miller objected to Amendola’s interpretation of the law, stating the statute of possession does not call for that. “That’s silly, he clearly exercised control over the pornography,” said Parks Miller.

Sinclair agreed with the the commonwealth and and bound over all charges.

The case will proceed to a pretrial conference.