Moon woman charged with child pornography, sexual abuse of children
By Adam Brandolph
Published: Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, 12:16 p.m.
Authorities on Monday arrested a Moon woman for possessing child pornography as part of an undercover investigation by the state Attorney General's Office.
Pamela Smallis, 49, is charged with 68 counts of sexual abuse of children, 16 counts of unlawful contact with a minor, five counts of sexual exploitation of children, five counts of endangering the welfare of children, five counts of corruption of minors, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Attorney General Linda Kelly said Smallis was initially the subject of an investigation into the alleged distribution of illegal narcotics and prescription medications to minors, but following Smallis' April arrest the attorney general's Computer Forensics Unit examined the memory card of her cell phone and discovered 33 pictures and two videos depicting nude minors and minors engaged in sexual activity.
Smallis is being held at the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25 before Coraopolis District Judge Mary Murray.
Police did not release further information.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Office at 412-565-2192.
Adam Brandolph is a reporter for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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