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BNY Mellon official charged with possessing child pornography

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7:39 p.m.

A vice president of computer network security with BNY Mellon faces a federal charge of possessing child pornography.

Authorities said they found thousands of photos of girls as young as 2 on his home computer.

An FBI investigation that began in October located nearly 3,000 photos and videos on the computer of Duane Amity, 45, of Monroeville. Amity was released from Allegheny County Jail last week on $25,000 bond. Formal arraignment is scheduled June 6.

The FBI subpoenaed Verizon Communications to track shared child pornography files to Amity's Internet address, the criminal complaint against him said.

Amity said Wednesday that “nothing was used from work” at BNY Mellon but he declined further comment. His attorney, David Defazio, could not be reached.

Some of the files linked to Amity included nude prepubescent girls in sexual positions and in some cases accompanied by men who also were nude from the waist down, according to the complaint.

One of the files police traced to Amity contained the abbreviation PTHC, which often stands for “pre-teen hard core” on file sharing networks, according to the complaint. Amity initially told investigators he was familiar with the abbreviation based on computer investigations he conducted at work.

BNY Mellon spokesman Ronald Gruendl declined to comment. As of Wednesday, Amity had an active voicemail with the company.

Among the files the FBI investigated were documents created with a BNY Mellon word-processing program and at least one file that contained Amity's work email address, according to the criminal complaint.

He told investigators that the images were of girls ages 2 to 10, that he acknowledged the seriousness of downloading image files and planned to seek counseling, according to the complaint. He said he thought he had deleted the images and denied sharing them with anyone. He told investigators he had been looking at child pornography for 10 years and that one explanation could be that he was molested as a child, the complaint said.

Amity told investigators he was the only member of his family who used the file-sharing network. He denied ever touching a child in a sexual way, according to the complaint.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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