Reynoldsville Man Busted With Child Pornography Due in Court Next Week

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Reynoldsville man is facing a hearing next week on felony charges after being caught in possession of child pornography.

Court documents indicate 21-year-old Benjamin Daniel Baker is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, on the following charges:

– Disseminate Photo/Film of Child Sex Acts, Felony 3 (four counts)
– Child Pornography, Felony 3 (20 counts)
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3

He is currently free on $50,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an investigation initiated by a tip received via a Cyber Tipline.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, Pennsylvania State Police received information from a Cyber Tipline report through the National Center or Missing and Exploited Children generated by Microsoft Online Operations on May 10, 2019.

The information was related to child pornography images uploaded and/or downloaded by an individual.

A search warrant for a Reynoldsville address where the IP address used to upload/download the images was then applied for and granted.

When the search warrant was served, the known female who answered the door at the residence advised police about all of the residents of the home, who provided the internet service, and told police their WiFi at the residence was locked down with a password, which police confirmed by attempting to access the WiFi via a cell phone, the complaint notes.

According to the complaint, during the search a SanDisk Cruzer Glide 65GB thumb drive was located in Benjamin Baker‘s bedroom and a preview of the drive located child pornography.

Baker was then interviewed.

He was very nervous and spoke with a stutter during the interview, the complaint notes.

When questioned about the thumb drive in his bedroom, Baker reportedly admitted to possessing child pornography on multiple devices, including a tablet, computer, and thumb drives. In addition, he admitted to knowing it was both “illegal and wrong” to look at and possess child pornography, according to the complaint.

Baker was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10.

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