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1 North Versailles man waived hearing, another continued in child pornography cases

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Friday, April 11, 2014, 3:46 a.m.
 

One North Versailles Township man waived his hearing on child pornography charges while another had his continued until next month.

Justin Thomas Sells, 32, waived 11 felony counts to trial before Magisterial District Judge Robert L. Barner Thursday in North Versailles.

He was arrested by state agents last month on five counts each of disseminating images of child sexual activity and child pornography, as well as a charge of criminal use of a communication facility.

Barner continued a preliminary hearing until May 1 at 1 p.m. for Dane Adrian Blood, 30, on 21 felony counts, 20 of sexual abuse of children through child pornography and one of criminal use of a communication facility.

Blood returned to Allegheny County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond, but Sells was released on nonmonetary bond pending a formal arraignment on June 5 at 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

The two men were arrested in separate cases, both of which were announced along with six other arrests April 4 by state Attorney General Kathleen M. Kane.

Kane said agents found Blood made numerous files of prepubescent children engaged in graphic sexual acts and poses available for download.

She said agents found that Sells made files available for download of children under the age of 18 engaged in graphic sexual acts and poses.

Sells is represented by Greensburg attorney Dante Bertani, but no attorney was listed in court files for Blood. Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Courtney M. Butterfield prosecuted the two cases.

Kane said David Burke Sr., 60, of Altoona; Charles Weiher, 67, of Shaler Township; Samuel Askinas, 25, of Downingtown; Edgardo Hernandez, 22, and Yorgardy Leonardo, 19, of Philadelphia; and Edward Campion Jr., 41, of Charleroi were arrested in separate child porn cases.

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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