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Fayette City man faces child porn charges

| Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Edward P. Veltre, 26, of Fayette City, accused by state police of having child pornography on his Playstation 3.

A Fayette City man allegedly downloaded and stored more than 60 child pornography images on a video game console.

On Wednesday, state police from the Belle Vernon Barracks charged Edward P. Veltre, 26, of 100 Daugherty Lane with felony sexual abuse of children and misdemeanor theft by deception.

Trooper Craig Spisak said that on Aug. 16, a manager at Cash-In Culture in Rostraver Township told police Veltre had sold the store a PlayStation 3 console that contained the pictures on its hard drive.

The manager said Veltre sold the unit for $100 and provided photo identification for the transaction, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

During an interview at Veltre's residence, he verified the PlayStation was his and admitted to downloading the photos from a website called “Naked Lolas” before using links to other websites, Spisak said.

Veltre “acknowledged he has a problem and needs help,” according to the affidavit.

Police confiscated the PlayStation and turned it over to Trooper Donald Lucas on Aug. 27 for forensic analysis.

Spisak said that on Dec. 6, he and Lucas examined the PlayStation and accessed three photo galleries labeled March, April and May 2013.

The galleries allegedly contained 63 pornographic images of young girls and boys, Spisak said.

Veltre was arraigned Wednesday morning before Magisterial District Judge Richard Kasunic II in Star Junction and released on $15,000 unsecured bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Jan. 31 before Kasunic.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635.

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