Two Franklin County men arrested for child pornography

2014-03-07T14:49:00Z Two Franklin County men arrested for child pornographyThe Sentinel The Sentinel
March 07, 2014 2:49 pm  • 

HARRISBURG — Two Franklin County men were arrested, along with three others, in a child pornography investigation on Friday.

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane Friday announced an ongoing investigation led to the arrest of the five men on unrelated charges as part of efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Joe Barclay, 59, of Waynesboro, and Evan Lawbaugh, 30, also of Waynesboro, were arrested along with Jeffrey Pearson, 41, of Trafford, Westmoreland County; William Tardella, 67, of Milford, Pike County; and Garan Harrington, 33, of Watsontown, Northumberland County.

Barclay was arrested on Thursday following an undercover investigation into the online sharing of child pornography. According to the criminal complaint, agents located a number of files that contained extremely graphic images of children, younger than 18, engaged in sexually explicit acts.

Agents executed a search warrant at Barclay’s home and seized various computers and other electronic media. A preliminary review of the items by forensic examiners revealed at least 15 video files allegedly contained child pornography and suspected child pornographic images on a cellular phone.

Barclay is charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was preliminarily arraigned and held in the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $300,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 18.

The case will be prosecuted in Franklin County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section. Lawbaugh was arrested on Thursday following a two-month investigation into the online distribution of child pornography. The charges state that agents executed a search at Lawbaugh’s home and seized a laptop computer and three USB drives.

Forensic examiners located at least 15 files of suspected child pornography during a preliminary review of the laptop. The items will be reviewed further by the Attorney General’s Computer Forensics unit as part of an ongoing investigation, the office said.

Lawbaugh is charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was preliminarily arraigned on Thursday and held in the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $300,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 18. Lawbaugh will be prosecuted in Franklin County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.

Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044.

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