More charges filed against Westmoreland man in child pornography investigation

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The attorney general's office has filed additional charges against a Westmoreland County man arrested earlier this month after a child pornography investigation by the attorney general's Child Predator Unit.

Matthew Bockhouse, 36, of New Kensington, is accused of production of child pornography and related offenses after agents said he remotely activated a webcam in the room of a 15-year-old girl who lives in his house in an effort to secretly record her getting undressed.

The case against Mr. Bockhouse began in January with agents investigating child porn consumers who access and trade porn through an online file-sharing network.

Agents zeroed in on Mr. Bockhouse's computer and executed a search warrant, finding more than 100 child porn videos on his computer downloaded from various sources, according to an affidavit.

They also found evidence on the computer that he had used a desktop webcam in the girl's bedroom to secretly record nude images of her.

When questioned, he admitted what he'd done, agents said.

Mr. Bockhouse remains jailed on a $150,000 bond.


Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510.

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