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AG's office: Springetts man had child pornography

Liz Evans Scolforo
505-5429/@LizScolforoYD
  • State agents with the AG's child-predator unit said Benjamin Stahle had more than 80 images of child porn.
  • To report a suspected child predator, call the Pa. Attorney General's Office's child-predator hotline at (800) 385-1044.
  • Anonymous tips can be sent to the office by texting PAKIDS and your tip to 847411.

A Springettsbury Township man is free on bail, accused by the state attorney general's office of possessing child pornography.

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Benjamin Stahle, 26, of 70 Locust Grove Road, remains free on $10,000 bail, charged with 25 counts of child-porn possession, six counts of distributing child porn and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, according to court records.

Charging documents state an agent with the attorney general's child predator unit was monitoring peer-to-peer file-sharing networks on July 4, looking for people illegally sharing or downloading child pornography, and identified an IP address that had downloaded such images.

They tracked the IP address to Stahle's home, where they interviewed him and served a search warrant, according to documents.

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Stahle told agents he used a P2P file-sharing network to download movies and adult pornography, and he said he at first downloaded child porn while trying to download adult porn, then deleted the illegal images, documents state.

Alleged admission: When agents told Stahle they would be examining his computers, Stahle admitted he had child porn saved on his computer, according to documents.

"The defendant further stated that he has viewed ... child pornography for approximately five years. The defendant explained that he has an addiction to porn, and that he began viewing child pornography because he gets fixated on different varieties of porn," documents allege.

Stahle also told agents they could find a thumb drive with child pornography saved on it in his backpack, which he kept at his workplace, documents state.

Agents found more than 80 pictures and video of apparent child porn, according to charging documents.

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Attorney Jennifer Smith, who represents Stahle, declined comment.

To report a suspected child predator, call the attorney general's office's child-predator hotline at (800) 385-1044. Anonymous tips can be sent to the office by texting PAKIDS and your tip to 847411.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.