Witness: Child porn suspect threatened suicide

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper and two witnesses provided testimony Wednesday morning during a preliminary hearing for Tyler M. Engle, 21, Pittsfield, who has been charged with 57 counts of child pornography.

Sarah Scaffer, a witness for the prosecution described how she allegedly found two cameras in Engle’s bedroom that contained a pictures of a “nude little girl” after he had “snapped,” “put his head through a window” and said he was going to kill himself after his grandmother had tried to call the police on the night of Jan. 26.

Engle took a shotgun from a gun cabinet inside the home, loaded a yellow shotgun shell into it and “put the barrel in his mouth,” Aaron Arena, second witness for the Commonwealth said.

He then locked himself inside a bathroom and said, “In a couple of seconds we’ll know everything’s okay,” Arena said.

Arena said he and another man broke down the door and took the gun.

Scaffer said she found two cameras and a jar of petroleum jelly in a cabinet next to Engle’s bed after the door was broken down and Engle allegedly said there were other firearms in the home.

“I saw a young nude girl,” she said about the first picture on the camera. “It was all nude little girls” and “a man doing sexual activities to little girls around the age of 10.”

“This guy’s threatening himself and you look at cameras?” Engle’s attorney Todd Woodin asked.

“Yes,” the witness said adding, “They just popped up.”

State police Trooper Jeffrey Dahl testified an examination by state police in Corry found “57 images and 14 videos on the two cameras” that showed “minor females under the age of 18.”

“Some in sexual acts with adult males,” he said.

In a videotaped statement with the state police, Engle later said they were “both his cameras” and “he had an addiction to pornography,” according to Dahl.

“He admitted they were his?” Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene asked.

“Yes,” Dahl said.

Engle was “on internet websites and had photographed websites,” Dahl testified.

A formal arraignment has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 8 in the main courtroom at the Warren County Courthouse.

Engle was released on Feb. 5 on $25,000 bail.