Conewango Twp. man faces child porn charges

A Conewango Township man has been charged by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office with 30 felony counts related to possessing and disseminating child pornographic materials.

Edward Daniel Montgomery, 54, was arrested and charged after the execution of a search warrant at his residence last Friday. He was placed in the Warren County Jail after he was unable to post bail, which was set at $500,000.

The criminal complaint was filed at District Justice Glenn Carlson’s office by Special Agent Duane Tabak with the Attorney General’s office Child Predator Unit.

The investigation, which began in June, commenced when Tabak was “conducting an on-line Internet investigation to identify those possessing and sharing child pornography using the Ares P2P (file sharing) network.”

“At approximately 16:18, your affaint located a computer on the ARES network previously seen with 14 files of investigative interest. These (files) are known to law enforcement and are identified… and known or otherwise believed to depict images of children under the age of 18.” On June 2, 6, 7, 11, 15 and 16, the Attorney General’s office downloaded 18 videos that were linked to Montgomery through his IP address. Authorities used that information to obtain a court order requiring the internet service provider, Verizon, to “release subscriber and other pertinent information.”

On June 17 and August 15, an agent attempted to contact Montgomery at his residence without success. On September 20, agents with the assistance of the Conewango Township Police Department “executed a search warrant (and)… at least one computer and two media storage devices were recovered from the residence… During the preview of those devices and/or media, apparent child pornography media files were discovered, according to the complaint.

In addition to his laptop, two flash drives “were found to contain child pornography.”

“Upon review of the actor’s computer by a qualified computer forensics expert, more than 700 video file names indicative of child pornographic content were found contained within the actor’s hard drives,” including eight of the 18 originally downloaded by the AG’s office.

Montgomery has been charged with 11 counts of dissemination photo/film of child sex acts and 18 counts of child pornography. He also was charged with one felony count of criminal use of communication facility.

A Sept. 25 preliminary hearing was continued and slated for October 16 at 1 p.m.