Saudi IUP student charged with having child porn
A Saudi Arabian national attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania was charged on Friday with five felony counts of possession of child pornography, following an investigation by county detectives.
Omar Mohammed Alghamdi, 24, of Oakland Avenue, Indiana, was arraigned before District Judge George Thachik and placed in the Indiana County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.
IUP spokeswoman Michelle Fryling confirmed that Alghamdi was registered at the university.
According to a release from Detective Robert Erdely, a report from another law enforcement agency triggered the investigation. That report involved a complaint of inappropriate contact between an adult and a child via a mobile device, the release stated.
The office of Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty and borough police executed a search warrant at Alghamdi's apartment at 6:10 a.m. Friday. A computer, mobile phone and other storage media were seized.
Images of children as young as 6 years old performing sex acts were found on Alghamdi's computerized data, the release stated.
The incidents under investigation date back to 2011.
The original allegation of unlawful contact with a child remains under investigation.
“I'm confident other charges will be filed,” Erdely said on Friday.
Dougherty said his office was contacted by law enforcement in another state, which he declined to identify.
“Our office is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which Detective Erdely is assigned to,” he said.
“A child had (allegedly) received images of a sexual nature from (Alghamdi),” Dougherty said.
His office was notified because Alghamdi is living in Indiana Borough.
“We need to tie up some loose ends with the other jurisdiction,” he said.
In an October interview with the IUP publication The Penn, Alghamdi is identified as a freshman marketing major.
Alghamdi is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Thachik on Tuesday.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.