A student at Slippery Rock University was arrested today on charges of online sharing, downloading and distributing child pornography, according to a release from the office of the State Attorney General.
Josiah Krammes, 22, of Slippery Rock was arrested by the State Attorney General's Child Predator Section at his apartment in Slippery Rock, Butler County.
The Attorney General's Child Predator Section is a task force created in 2005 as an offshoot of the Attorney General's Child Sexual Exploitation Task Force. The unit consists of trained agents charged with identifying and locating online sexual predators before they can harm children, according to the attorney general's website.
Examining the computer program ARES, a free program to download that allows for the exchange of files between computers, agents learned that child pornography had been distributed from a computer between May 6 and May 7. The IP address was traced to the computer of Mr. Krammes' father, according to a response to a court order from Verizon Internet Services, the criminal complaint stated.
After questioning Mr. Krammes' family members, the investigating agents learned Mr. Krammes was accused of touching his younger brother in November 2012 and was forced to move out of the house. However, the Pine Grove Borough Police Department told the investigating agents that they did not conduct a forensic analysis of Mr. Krammes' computer when he was accused, according to the complaint.
Executing a search warrant on July 18, investigating agents questioned Mr. Krammes at his Slippery Rock apartment. Mr. Krammes acknowledged the existence of child pornography on his laptop computer, but declined to provide further details, according to the complaint.
Mr. Krammes had recently moved to Slippery Rock from his Pine Grove home to begin studying at the university, according to the complaint.
Upon review by a computer forensics expert, graphic files of child pornography were found on Mr. Krammes' hard drive, according to the complaint.
Mr. Krammes has been arraigned with bond set at $50,000 in cash. He is not allowed to use the Internet or have any contact with minors.
A preliminary hearing is set for 2:45 p.m. Aug. 14 before Slippery Rock Magisterial District Judge Timothy Shaffer.