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Westmoreland man charged with possessing child porn

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Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 1:57 p.m.

A 23-year-old Westmoreland County man was jailed Friday after he was charged with possession of child pornography, sexual abuse of children and criminal use of a communication facility.

Agents from the state Attorney General's office raided the home of Jesse A. Cross on Stratford Drive in Hempfield Friday and confiscated several computers and cell phones.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed before Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis, investigators discovered at least 24 downloaded files on the laptop computer containing multiple images of youths under age 18 engaged in sexual acts.

Some of the children in the photos were as young as 11 and 12, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by state agent Lorraine Fascetti.

Cross was arraigned in county night court before Scottdale District Judge Chuck Moore and jailed after failing to post $50,000 bond.

Cross' preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 10 before DeMarchis.

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