Two charged with possessing child pornography
HARRISBURG, Pa. Agents from the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator section charge two men, Devin Turman, 33, of Blain, Perry County and Timothy Johnson, 55, of Birdsboro, Berks County, with possessing child pornography.
The Dauphin County Criminal Investigative Unit received a call on June 22. The caller explained that he had been on a social networking site that facilitates male same-sex introductions. The caller said he communicated with an individual who claimed to have had sex with a 4-year-old boy.
The subsequent investigation led agents to Turman’s residence. Agents executed a search warrant at the home and seized three laptop computers and a cell phone.
The AG’s Computer Forensics Unit previewed the devices and found multiple images of suspected child pornography.
Turman was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. His bail was set at $25,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 10.
In the case of Timothy Johnson, during an investigation into the online sexual abuse of children, agents discovered files of investigative interest available on a peer-to-peer network.
The investigation led to Johnson’s Berks County residence. Agents with the Child Predator Section and officers with the Exeter Township Police Department executed a search warrant on Tuesday and located a laptop computer, which was previewed by the AG’s Computer Forensics Unit.
A preliminary examination of the devices revealed numerous images of suspected child pornography.
Johnson was placed under arrest and charged with 30 counts of possession of child pornography and one count each of distribution of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility. Johnson posted bail and a preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 22.
Suspected child predators can be reported to the Office of Attorney General by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Individuals who suspect an online predator or child sexual abuse can also send an anonymous tip to the office by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411.