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Neighbors shocked by child porn arrests

The Attorney General’s office announced the arrest of two Lancaster County men related to an online child pornography network. Police are reminding the public to use public safety tools like the Megan’s Law website.

The two men arrested are Hector Colon-Plaza, a convicted Megan’s Law sex offender, and Joseph Fortunato, a former teacher at a Chester County prep school. He resigned on April 21st. Colon-Plaza was arrested on April 17. Fortunato turned himself in Wednesday.
Both men are charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.

The Attorney General’s Child predator Section led the investigation into the online network.
Agents took laptops from Colon-Plaza’s Lancaster city home and a computer and hard drive from Fortunato’s Lancaster Township home.

“They’re trading with other people, and usually when they make an arrest like that, they usually net more than one person,” says Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler.

Colon-Plaza has been listed on the Megan’s Law website since 2011 for an indecent assault case. The site is used for awareness, but parents in his neighborhood said they had no idea. The Lancaster Police Chief is reminding parents to be vigilant, and use the site, but not depend on it to feel safe.

“As a parent, you always have to be aware of where your children are and not assume that just cause you can’t see one, or you don’t find one in your neighborhood or on that website doesn’t mean that they’re not around,” says Chief Sadler of listed sex offenders. “Especially when it comes to children, you should never let your guard down.”

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