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A Newberry Township man charged earlier this year in York County with having child pornography now faces federal charges, according to officials.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that Robert T. Donelon, 55, was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday, March 14. 

The charges stem from an investigation by West York Police and the FBI, which resulted in local charges in late January.

The indictment alleges Donelon had child pornography between December 2016 and January 2018. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of the equipment connected with the pornography, according to the release. 

Donelon, of the 2200 block of Old Trail Road, is charged federally with receiving and distributing child pornography and possessing child pornography.

In his local case, he is charged with two counts each of having child pornography and disseminating child pornography.  Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office, said they are keeping Donelon's current case open pending the outcome of the federal matter. 

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, Newberry Township, address, charging documents state.

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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 has said Mendez, the department's special victims unit detective, has training to intercept child pornography, which is why the district attorney's office reached out to him to investigate.

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.

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

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

The officers saw his truck with 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 pornography were found on the laptop.

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

Donelon remains in York County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.

His attorney, Ari Weitzman, declined comment Thursday, March 15.

Donelon's preliminary hearing for his York County case was held March 19 at District Judge Scott Gross' office. He is scheduled to have his formal arraignment April 27 before Judge Michael Bortner.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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