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HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane recently announced the recent arrests of six men, one of those from Allegheny County on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography by suspected child predators.
Attorney General Kane has made cyber safety, specifically protecting kids from online predators, a major priority for her administration. Beyond the distribution of pornography, the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section has made more than a dozen arrests of individuals seeking out children on the internet, including one as young as 5 years old.
Internet safety tips are available on the “Operation Safe Surf” section of www.attorneygeneral.gov. Organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations should contact the Attorney General’s Education and Outreach Section at 1-800-525-7642 or firstname.lastname@example.org. October is National Cyber Security Month.
The Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section recently unveiled a new tool to report internet predators. Anonymous tips can be sent directly from a cell phone by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411 or through an online complaint form.
Suspected Internet predators can also be reported by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044.
According to the criminal complaint, William Warnick, 41, 119 Cagwin St., Pittsburgh, Allegheny County was arrested after agents conducted an online investigation discovering numerous online files that were allegedly shared from an IP address associated with Warnick’s residence, depicting children under the age of 18 posing naked in sexually suggestive positions or engaging in extremely sexual graphic acts.
Following a search warrant at Warnick’s residence, agents from the Attorney General’s Computer Forensics Unit conducted a preliminary analysis of his computer and other media storage devices and discovered more than 150 video files, which contain suspected child pornography. A complete analysis of Warnick’s computer is part of an ongoing investigation.
Warnick is charged with 22 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. All charges were held for court by Judge Derwin D. Rushing.
The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.