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AG's office arrests Slippery Rock student on child pornography charges

| Friday, July 19, 2013, 5:27 p.m.
Josiah David Krammes, 22, of Slippery Rock is accused of possessing and downloading child pornorgraphy.
Josiah David Krammes, 22, of Slippery Rock is accused of possessing and downloading child pornorgraphy.

Investigators from the state Attorney General's office arrested a Slippery Rock University student on child pornography charges.

Josiah David Krammes, 22, of Slippery Rock is charged with three counts of distribution of child pornography, five counts of possession and one count of illegal use of a communications facility, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office announced Friday.

He is in the Butler County Jail on $50,000 cash bond.

Upgraded software has enabled investigators to scan peer-to-peer, file-sharing networks for people who trade child porn online.

This year, the software has led the attorney general's office to arrest 23 people in 28 counties in Western Pennsylvania and 51 in the state on charges of possession of child pornography or having illegal online meetings with underage children, said Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo, who will prosecute Krammes.

Krammes used a laptop to distribute the images, investigators said. He recently moved back to the university from his family home in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County. Krammes is prohibited from having contact with minors and using the Internet.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. Aug. 14 before Slippery Rock District Judge Timothy Shaffer.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at rwills@tribweb.com.

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