Men arrested on unrelated child pornography charges


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Two men from Allegheny and Washington counties were arrested this week on unrelated charges of online child pornography, state Attorney General Karen Kane said.

After agents identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network sharing child pornography, they tracked it to an Oakdale apartment. Agents and local police seized drugs, a computer and other media storage devices during the execution of search warrants Monday at the apartment of Joseph Lipanot, 29, the Attorney General's office said in a press release.

More than 500 videos and 200 photographs containing child pornography were discovered during a preliminary review, the Attorney General said.

Mr. Lipanot is charged with 12 counts of possession of child pornography, seven counts of distribution of child pornography, criminal use of a communication facility, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

A $50,000 unsecured bond was set for Mr. Lipanot today, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.

In another investigation, agents "identified an IP address making files of children, under the age of 18, engaged in graphic sexual acts and poses, available for download," the AG's office said.

Police executed a search of the Atlasburg home of Christopher Welshans, 36, and seized several computers containing suspected child pornography, the office said.

He was arrested today and has been charged with seven counts of distribution of child pornography, 32 counts of possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility, court records show.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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