Child Pornography Arrest - Steven Rothermel
DEFENDANT: Steven Dale Rothermel (38 years old)
Sycamore Drive, Hamburg, Pennsylvania 19526
CHARGES: Sexual Abuse of Children related to Dissemination and Possession of
Child Pornography (F2)
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On March 9, 2020, the Berks County District Attorney’s Detectives received a complaint from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (N.C.M.E.C.). This complaint involved the uploading of child pornography to “Omegle”, which is a free online chat website.
The Berks County Detectives learned that on February 3, 2020, digital videos were uploaded to “Omegle” during an electronic communication exchange. The digital videos were identified as digital files of child pornography.
Detectives were able to identify the Internet Protocol (I.P.) Address which was utilized to upload the digital videos/files of child pornography. The IP address was associated with subscriber Steven Rothermel, Sycamore Drive, Hamburg, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19526.
On August 28, 2020, the Berks County Detectives executed a search warrant at Rothermel’s residence on Sycamore Drive, Hamburg, Pennsylvania. Additionally, police officers from Tilden Township and Lower Heidelberg Township Police Departments assisted during this operation.
As a result of the search warrant, detectives seized several electronic devices during the search of the residence. The devices were transported to the Berks County District Attorney’s Forensic Services Unit for further examination.
A certified forensic examiner conducted the forensic examination of the electronic devices and recovered more than 4,000 digital images of child pornography.
On October 29, 2020, the Berks County Detectives filed criminal charges against the defendant at Magisterial District Judge Kim Bagenstose’s office and an arrest warrant was issued.
On October 30, 2020, at approximately 9:00 AM, the Berks County Detectives apprehended the defendant at his Hamburg residence. He was taken into custody and immediately transported to the Berks County Sheriff’s Central Processing Center.
The defendant was arraigned and bail was set at $50,000. He currently remains in Berks County Jail..
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Steven Dale Rothermel, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.