Westmoreland man charged with possessing child porn
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Martin, Comeau depart Penguins via free agency
- Donora-Webster Bridge plunges into Mon River after 106 years
- Judge revokes bail for Plum High School teacher
- Pirates grind out extra-inning win against testy Tigers
- ‘We are’ chant now a permanent fixture on Penn State campus
- Shopping season starts up for Penguins amid onset of free agency
- Union to work while ATI talks continue
- Police identify Harmar man as victim in Washington Township crash
- 1 killed, 4 hurt as police chase ends in Oakland crash
- In historic vote, Legislature approves bill selling state liquor stores
- Rival Westmoreland vape shops develop own specialties