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Hempfield man arrested on child porn charges

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Jesse Cross
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 2:11 a.m.
 

A Hempfield Township man was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said the arrest of Jesse Cross, 23, who has an Irwin mailing address, is part of an investigation that targets online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Kane said Cross was arrested by agents from her office's Child Predator Section with the assistance of state police from the Greensburg barracks.

She said agents found numerous images depicting adolescents engaged in graphic sexual activity being shared from Cross' computer.

Cross was arraigned on seven counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was remanded to Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of a $5,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Joseph R. DeMarchis in Jeannette.

Kane said the case will be prosecuted in Greensburg by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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