Glassport man indicted on child pornography charges
A Glassport man awaiting formal arraignment on state child pornography charges now has a federal indictment against him.
On Thursday, Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced a three-count indictment dated June 24 against Michael G. Hadam.
Hadam, 59, was arraigned in federal court in Pittsburgh on Tuesday on counts covering alleged distribution and possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.
Hadam's attorney expected the federal charges will lead to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office ending its prosecution of his client, if that has not happened already.
“They adopted the state case in federal court,” Jefferson Hills attorney Charles LoPresti said. “They will file a nolle prossed (will not prosecute) form in state court and then I think the entire case proceeds in the federal system.”
A spokesman for Kane confirmed there will be a motion to withdraw the state charges.
According to the indictment, a spokeswoman for Hickton said, the events under investigation happened between April 9 and April 13. It further alleged that Hadam knowingly possessed videos and images in computer graphic files on or about May 15.
That is when Glassport police and agents from the Child Predator Section in Kane's office arrested Hadam on 35 felony counts.
Included were 30 counts of possession of child pornography, four of distributing it and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Hickton's spokeswoman said postal inspectors and Kane's office conducted the investigation leading to the indictment.
“More often than not now the federal government is getting involved in indicting through the U.S. postal inspectors cases involving child pornography,” LoPresti said. “I think they are reviewing them more readily than in the past.”
LoPresti said the perspective is not going to change regarding his handling of the case.
“(Hadam is) on home detention now,” LoPresti said. “That's pretty routine in the case. There are some restrictions that are similar to those that were imposed in the state case out of (Magisterial District Judge Armand) Martin's office.”
On May 27, Hadam waived his preliminary hearing before Martin on the state charges. His bond was reduced from $250,000 to $25,000 and Hadam was able to post bond and leave Allegheny County Jail.
According to state court records, Hadam's next appearance before a judge was scheduled for July 17, when he was to have a formal arraignment in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court at 11 a.m. and then a sex offender court appearance at 1:30 before Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel.
Hickton's office said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar will prosecute the case in federal court. It said the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 60 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $75,000.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.