Four men arrested on unrelated child pornography charges

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Three men in Allegheny County and a fourth in Washington County have been arrested on unrelated child pornography charges, the state Attorney General's office announced.

Christopher Blackwell, 32, of Central Northside was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of distribution of child pornography, five counts of possession of child pornography and a count of criminal use of a communication facility.

From his home, police seized electronic devices, including a laptop and computer, from which Mr. Blackwell "had allegedly attempted to delete [child pornography] from the devices," the Attorney General's office said.

Michael Hadam, 59, of Glassport was arrested today and charged with 30 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and a count of criminal use of a communication facility.

On an external hard drive seized from Mr. Hadam's home, police found more than half a million files containing child pornography, including images of children as young as infants, the office said.

Bryan Zaharko, 32, of Castle Shannon was arrested Wednesday and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography and a count each of distribution of child pornography, criminal use of a communication facility, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At his home, police numerous electronic devices containing suspected child pornography, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the Attorney General's office said.

Those three men are being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

Matthew Cooper, 25, of Burgettstown was arrested Tuesday and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, and a count each of distribution of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility. He is being held in the Washington County Prison.

Police said he was making files for download of prepubescent children engaged in graphic sexual acts.



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