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West Deer man charged with child porn

| Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 12:41 a.m.

A West Deer man is charged with federal and state child pornography counts in addition to charges of having sexual contact with an underage girl.

Mark P. Campbell, 49, whose last address was along McClure Drive, West Deer, was charged federally on Tuesday.

In documents made public on Wednesday, federal agents allege that from about Feb. 27 to Sept. 15, Campbell used a computer to receive images and a video showing the sexual exploitation of minors. The federal indictment alleges that he had computer images of explicit sexual conduct involving minors younger than 12.

If convicted in federal court, Campbell could get a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 or both.

Campbell is already the subject of two prosecutions by Allegheny County police.

In a case filed on Monday, Allegheny County police charged Campbell with indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and unlawful contact with a girl on Feb. 8, 2012.

He was sent to the county jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

A trial will be scheduled.

In October, Campbell was charged by county detectives with disseminating images, film or video showing child sex acts, and possession of child pornography.

He is accused of using a file-sharing network in February. The computer IP address resolved to the West Deer residence where Campbell was living.

Records show Campbell waived those two charges to court and the case was assigned to county court in January.

On Tuesday, a federal magistrate separately ordered Campbell's arrest for the two federal charges.

He wouldn't be moved far because in Pittsburgh, federal prisoners are housed in the Allegheny County jail.

County Detective Sgt. Ann Lewis and U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Margaret Philbin said the Campbell cases would proceed separately in state and federal courts.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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