HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kane today announced that four more men in Pennsylvania have been arrested for using peer-to-peer networks to distribute graphic child pornography including one man from Allegheny County.
“We are using sophisticated technology to keep up with the constantly evolving methods child predators are using to exploit children,” Attorney General Kane said. “Predators may think that they are anonymous online, but we are watching.”
Attorney General Kane has prioritized child predator investigations, and expanded the Child Predator Section’s staffing and equipment. Since Attorney General Kane took office, the section has arrested 278 child predators.
Mark Robinson, 33, 611 Calais Drive, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County was recently arrested by the Child Predator Section. After determining that a user on a peer-to-peer network was sharing child pornography from Robinson’s I.P. address, agents executed a search warrant at Robinson’s residence in Allegheny County. While executing the warrant, a desktop computer was examined by forensic agents. During the preview of the computer, more than 200 files in various formats with file names indicative of child pornography were found. According to the investigators, this was just a sample of the amount of child pornography allegedly on the computer.
Robinson is charged with five counts of distribution of child pornography, four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Robinson was preliminary arraigned with bond set at $50,000 cash, which he did not post. He later waived his preliminary hearing. The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section. Attorney General Kane thanked the McCandless Township Police Department, Ross Township Police Department and Northwest Regional Police Department for assisting with the arrest.