Hanover man pleads guilty to child porn possession

Brandon Addeo
York Dispatch
Wilhelm Charles Leimbach

A Hanover man who was facing more than 50 charges related to child pornography pleaded guilty to a handful of felonies on Friday. 

Wilhelm Charles Leimbach, 54, pleaded guilty in the York County Court of Common Pleas to three counts of third-degree felony child pornography possession and one count of third-degree felony criminal use of a communications facility, according to court records. Fifty-two other counts of child porn possession were withdrawn by prosecutors. 

Penn Township Police launched an investigation into Leimbach in April 2019 after getting a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a IP address linked to a child porn image, according to a criminal complaint.

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Police and members of the state attorney general's office conducted a search warrant at Leimbach's home on July 12, 2019, and seized his laptop and a USB drive, the complaint states. A search of the devices revealed several dozen pornographic images and videos involving children. 

Leimbach had been out of jail since July 19, 2019, after posting a $75,000 bail, but that bail was revoked by Judge Harry M. Ness after his guilty plea and he was taken back to the York County Prison. 

Leimbach has a bail hearing scheduled for Aug. 24 and a Nov. 1 sentencing hearing.