A family doctor was arrested Friday morning on charges that he possessed thousands of videos of child pornography.
Mark Janosko, 47, a doctor at West Penn Medical Associates in Friendship, is being held in the county jail pending arraignment on one count of possession of child pornography and one count of disseminating child pornography.
Investigators with the Allegheny County district attorney's office focusing on the flow of child pornography online tracked information to a computer in Dr. Janosko's home in McCandless and obtained a search warrant.
When detectives searched the home Friday, they found thousands of videos that contained images of boys between the ages of 5 and 14 in suggestive or sexual poses, including a group of three boys between the ages of 6 and 10 who were engaged in sex acts with each other, according to a criminal complaint.
Dr. Janosko admitted to detectives that he had been "viewing and downloading child pornography on and off for years" and said that he thinks he can control the illegal habit, according to the complaint. He also stated although he knows that viewing and downloading child pornography is illegal, it hasn't interfered with his daily life and "he doesn't feel that he is a risk," the complaint states.
Dr. Janosko also stated that he has never touched a child, police said.
A receptionist at West Penn Associates said he is now on leave. His Pennsylvania medical license, which he earned in 1994, remains current, and no disciplinary actions have been taken against him to date by the state board of medicine, according to state records.
Mike Manko, spokesman for the district attorney's office, said there's no evidence Dr. Janosko has had any inappropriate physical contact with any of his younger patients, but investigators are asking any parent who is concerned about how their child was treated to call them at 412-388-5300.
"This guy claims he hasn't touched kids, but he sees kids in his practice," Mr. Manko said.
Investigators traced the illegal downloads to Dr. Janosko after a detective in the Indiana County district attorney's office who was monitoring online file sharing services used by people who share and download child pornography noticed the doctor's downloads on July 3 and contacted Allegheny County authorities, police said.
Liz Navratil: email@example.com or 412-263-1438. First Published July 19, 2013 7:00 PM