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SEVEN ARRESTED IN COUNTYWIDE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ROUND-UP

 

During the past nine months, detectives from the Berks County District Attorney's Child Abuse Unit conducted a countywide child pornography investigation in conjunction with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF). Through the investigation, detectives determined that seven (7) individuals possessed and/or disseminated child pornography via the internet. Each individual was independent of each other in their criminal activity. During the investigation, detectives obtained and served search warrants for their residences. The following items were seized as a result of the search: cell phones, computers, and other electronic equipment. These devices were examined by a computer forensic analyst, where thousands of child pornographic images were identified.

The following seven defendants were arrested on December 21, 2016:

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   Joseph Peter McCormick              Shaun Scott Burkholder                     Cody Ian Staub

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          Jody John Smith                       Timothy Stevenson                         Lee R. Barlet


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                                                       Bradley Michael Coleman

  1. Joseph Peter McCormick, age 75; 14 Red Wing Drive, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
    1. Charges: Sexual Abuse of Children - Possession of Child Pornography (over 30 digital images of child pornography.
  2. Shaun Scott Burkholder, age 45; 4 Bowes Lane, Reading, PA 19606
    1. Charges: Sexual Abuse of Children - Possession of Child Pornography; Sexual Abuse of Children - Dissemination of Photographs, Videotapes, Computer Depictions & Films (over 30,000 digital images of child pornography)
  3. Cody Ian Staub, age 28; 105 East Wesner Road, Blandon, PA 19510
    1. Charges: Sexual Abuse of Children - Possession of Child Pornography; Sexual Abuse of Children - Dissemination of Photographs, Videotapes, Computer Depictions & Films; Criminal Use of Communications Facilities (over 10 digital images of child pornography)
  4. Jody John Smith, age 43; 413 Oley Street, Wyomissing, PA 19610
    1. Charges: Sexual Abuse of Children - Possession of Child Pornography; Sexual Abuse of Children - Dissemination of Photographs, Videotapes, Computer Depictions & Films (50 digital images of child pornography)
  5. Timothy Stevenson, age 26; 301 Deer Run Street, Hereford, PA 18056
    1. Charges: Sexual Abuse of Children - Dissemination of Photographs, Videotapes, Computer Depictions & Films; Corruption of Minors (over 50 digital images of child pornography)
  6. Lee R. Barlet, age 29; 111 East Wesner Road, P.O. Box 106, Blandon, PA 19510
    1. Charges: Sexual Abuse of Children - Possession of Child Pornography (over 50 digital files of child pornography)
  7. Bradley Michael Coleman, age 31; 6 South Goodman Street, P.O. Box 80, Strausstown, PA 19559
    1. Charges: Sexual Abuse of Children - Possession of Child Pornography (225 digital files of child pornography)

All of the defendants were transported to the Berks County Sheriff's Central Processing Center for arraignment.