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Bedford Co. man arrested on child pornography charges
By: WJAC Web Staff
BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. -- Five men from across Pennsylvania arrested on unrelated charges of distributing and possessing child pornography.
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Wednesday the arrest of five Pennsylvania men on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
Five defendants were identified, one man from Bedford County.
Kerry Ritchey, 41, was arrested Monday and charged with 20 counts of possessing child pornography, five counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
It was stated in the charge that Ritchey downloaded and subsequently shared child pornography.
A search of his Bedford County home resulted in the seizure of a laptop computer, desktop computer, notebook computer and an external hard drive along with various other electronic media.
With these items a preview of them led to the discovery of suspected child pornography.
Ritchey was preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Brian Baker and held on $100,000 bail set at 10 percent.
A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 22.