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A Newberry Township man who is accused of disseminating about a dozen pictures of child pornography was found with hundreds of photos of child porn earlier this month, according to court documents.

West York Police say 54-year-old Robert T. Donelon was disseminating child porn from his Newberry Township home, and investigators in Lancaster and Berks counties tracked the images back to his home.

Donelon, of the 2200 block of Old Trail Road, is charged with two counts each of having child pornography and disseminating child pornography.

Investigation: Officials in Lancaster and Berks counties found 11 images of child porn online between June 2016 and October 2017 that were tracked online to Donelon's Old Trail Road, York County, address, charging documents state.

On Dec. 20, the York County District Attorney's Office contacted West York Detective Michael Mendez Sr. regarding the images connected to Donelon's address, court documents state.

West York Police Chief Matt Millsaps said Mendez, the department's special victims unit detective, has training to intercept child pornography, which is why the DA's office reached out to him  to investigate.

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On Jan. 10, Mendez and two other law-enforcement officials, armed with a search warrant, showed up at Donelon's home, where they found several computer towers and CDs in his bedroom, court documents state.

Police found four videos of child porn on the CDs, charging documents allege.

Laptop seized: Officials were told that Donelon had gone to work in his truck  and that he likely took his laptop with him to work, according to police.

Mendez and the others went to Donelon's place of work in Cumberland County, and he said he didn't drive his truck to work and he had gotten rid of his laptop several weeks ago, charging documents state.

The officers saw his truck and saw there was a black computer case inside, but police say Donelon didn't allow them to search his vehicle. After getting another search warrant, officials seized a laptop and an additional 27 CDs, police said.

The laptop was taken to Northern York County Regional Police, where it was analyzed by a detective, court documents state. Police say 300 images and multiple videos of child porn were found on the laptop.

The CDs, police said, had "hundreds of images and video all containing child pornography."

Charges were filed Jan. 10, and Donelon was arraigned on them Sunday, Jan. 14. He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31 at District Judge Scott Gross' office.

 —Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser. 

 

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