Rodriguez
Rodriguez

A York City man who became a target of a state Attorney General's Office child-pornography investigation through an online file-sharing service also secretly videotaped two naked York City girls from outside their window, authorities allege.

Carmelo Rodriguez, 55, of 776 W. Philadelphia St., remains in York County Prison on $120,000 bail.

He is charged with two counts of manufacturing child pornography, four counts of disseminating it, 25 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of invasion of privacy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. That last charge means authorities allege he used a computer or phone to commit a crime.

Agents with Attorney General's Office identified Rodriguez as having downloaded child pornography from a peer-to-peer sharing network, then obtained a warrant to search his home, according to charging documents.

During a July 2 search of Rodriguez's home, investigators found child pornography of prepubescent children, and also found a flash drive with several recordings they allege Rodriguez made of two York City girls in March 2011, documents state.

Rodriguez used a digital video camera or cellphone to record the girls -- who were 8 and 15 at the time -- in various states of nudity, charging documents allege. He stood outside their window to film them, according to state investigators.

It is unclear if Rodriguez has retained an attorney.


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Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General's Office's child predator section by calling the child predator hotline at (800) 385-1044. Internet safety tips are available on the "Operation Safe Surf" section of www.attorneygeneral.gov.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.