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Lansdowne Boro man arrested for child porn possession

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:  May 5, 2016
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4163

District Attorney Jack Whelan announced the arrest of a Lansdowne Borough man for child pornography possession depicting children as young as 4-years old. Jon R. Hurst, 44, of the 100 block of Highland Avenue is charged with 50 counts of possession of child pornography, dissemination of child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility, all felony charges. 

The announcement comes at the conclusion of an investigation conducted by Det. Edmond J. Pisani, Jr., the affiant, and Det. Ken Bellis of the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force with assistance from Lansdowne Borough Police and the Pennsylvania State Police. 

On Wednesday May 4, at approximately 6:02 a.m., Det. Pisani, Det. Bellis, Cpl. Fegley with the Pennsylvania State Police and Lansdowne Borough Police Sgt. Schiazza and Officers Albertoli and McDermott, executed a search warrant at 122 N. Highland Avenue in Lansdowne Borough. Jon Hurst was found in his vehicle in the driveway. After being read his miranda warning, Hurst told detectives that he has been downloading child pornography for 10 years and that he prefers teenage girls but has seen videos and images of children as young as 2-years old on his computer.  An analysis of Hurst’s laptop computer and other devices by ICAC Forensic Examiner Edward Lowitz located thousands of videos and images containing potential child pornography of females engaged in sexual acts. Some of the child pornography videos showed children that appeared to be as young as 4-years old. 

Jon Hurst was remanded to the Delaware County Prison after he failed to post bail at ten percent of $50,000 with conditions of no contact with minors and no internet. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 12, 2016.  

"Those who possess child pornography contribute to the appalling exploitation of innocent children," said District Attorney Jack Whelan. "And those who engage in this criminal behavior here in Delaware County should be forewarned that law enforcement is actively working to locate and arrest them. I would like to commend Det. Pisani and Bellis and Foresnic Examiner Edward Lowitz for their work on this investigation and extend my appreciation to PSP Cpl. Fegley and Lansdowne Borough Police Sgt. Schiazza and Officers Albertoli and McDermot for their assistance.” 

Anyone with information about criminal activity related to the possession or dissemination of images of child sexual assault is urged to call the Cyber Tip Line at 800-843-5678. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children hotline is also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-THE-LOST.

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