In December of 2014, Detectives from the District Attorney's Child Abuse Unit and a cross designated Berks County Detective from the Lower Heidelberg Township Police Department initiated an investigation into the sharing of child pornography via the internet. Detectives downloaded child pornography from an IP (Internet Protocol) address that was ultimately identified as belonging to Brian Perri in the 100 block of Laurel Road, Boyertown.
On April 14, 2015, members of the Berks County District Attorney's Office, with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Lower Heidelberg Township Police Department, served a search warrant at the residence of Brian A. Perri. Detectives seized in excess of thirty computers and related media storage devices. As of this report, detectives have only searched a small quantity of the seized computers, and have already recovered in excess of 600,000 digital images / digital videos of child pornography. The remaining computers and related devices are in the process of being searched for additional evidence.
On April 16, 2015, Detective Trevor Ritter obtained an arrest warrant for Brian Perri from Magisterial District Judge Michael Hartman. The defendant was charged with Child Pornography, Dissemination of Photo/Film of Child Sex Acts.
On April 17, 2015, the defendant, Brian Perri, was taken into custody at his residence, by members of the Berks County Emergency Response Team (BCERT), headed by Exeter Township Police Chief Christopher Neidert.