Westmoreland judge rules to destroy child porn found in deceased Latrobe man's home
A Westmoreland County judge has ruled that child pornography discovered when police found a man dead in his Latrobe home last week can be destroyed.
Police discovered the body of Theodore Fisher, 55, in his West Madison Street home on July 5 after being called to check on him because he had not been at work for several days.
The officers found numerous framed pictures of children in sexual positions and thousands of videotapes and disks containing child pornography, according to court records.
Court documents said police also discovered videos of children in Halloween costumes that appeared to be secretly taken in front of Fisher's home.
Judge Rita Hathaway granted a request from state Deputy Attorney General Chuck Washburn to have all the items destroyed, since the possible suspect in the case had died.
Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Paul Cycak said autopsy results are pending, but it appears Fisher's death is not suspicious.
Fisher worked for the last six years as a dishwasher for Parkhurst Dining Service, which provides food services at St. Vincent College, court records said.
Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.