North Charleroi man waives hearing on porn charges
A North Charleroi man will stand trial after being accused of downloading child pornography onto his cellphone.
Cody Alan Gadd, 21, of 909 Fourth Street Ext., waived his right to a preliminary hearing on 10 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He appeared Monday for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.
Gadd was arrested June 17 by agents from the state Attorney General's office. Charleroi Regional police assisted during the arrest.
An investigation found Gadd allegedly used the file sharing Dropbox application on his cellphone to download nearly three dozen pornographic images or videos containing children under the age of 18, starting in January, according to the criminal complaint.
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 court documents.
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 showed 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 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, where Gadd is a former employee.
Gadd was released June 19 from the Washington County Correctional Facility after posting $50,000 bond.