North Charleroi man jailed for child porn
A North Charleroi man is in jail on charges he downloaded child pornography onto his cell phone, sometimes using the network of a local bowling alley where he worked.
Cody Alan Gadd, 21, of Fourth Street Ext., was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his residence by agents from the state Attorney General's office and charged with 10 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Charleroi Regional police assisted during the arrest.
Agent Chelsy Santoro said agents served a search warrant at Gadd's residence around 11:30 a.m., when he allegedly told Agent Phil Larcinese that he accessed the internet mostly through his phone, a Galaxy S4, which contained a sharing application called Dropbox.
An investigation found Gadd allegedly used his Dropbox application to download nearly three dozen pornographic images or videos containing children under the age of 18, starting in January.
Agents said the same email address Gadd claimed was his was the same associated with the Dropbox app.
Gadd allegedly admitted he had been looking at images and videos of kids appearing to be 17 years of age, and as he began to collect and trade files, he began viewing images of children as young as toddlers, according to an affidavit of probable cause..
Gadd allegedly acknowledged that collecting such images was illegal and indicated he was sorry for his actions.
The investigation began in April, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified the attorney general's office that a report initiated by Dropbox.com that an account was flagged for uploading several media files in January.
The account had a user name of “Cody G” and an email address belonging to Gadd.
The videos depict everything from a young girl exposing herself to adult males performing sexual acts with children ranging in age from 3 to 14, according to the affidavit.
The agents obtained a court order regarding the Internet Protocol, or IP, address used with the Dropbox account used for the pornographic downloads.
The IP address came back to Bentleyville Lanes, 1220 Main St., Bentleyville.
According to the affidavit, Gadd told agents he works at Bentleyville Bowling Lanes and has on and off since high school.
A manager at the bowling alley told WPXI-TV, a news partner of The Valley Independent, that the business had no knowledge of Gadd's suspected activities.
The manager said Gadd has been fired and is no longer welcome on the property.
Gadd was arraigned Tuesday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility when he was unable to post $50,000 cash bond.
Wilson performed the arraignment because Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins of Charleroi was out of town.
Gadd's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 30 in front of Hopkins.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.