Wrightsville man charged with possession of child pornography

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

A Wrightsville man was charged with possession of child pornography after an investigation that dates back more than a year. 

Brandon Alexander Dunlap, 21, was arrested by Lower Windsor Township Police on Dec. 14 and arraigned on those charges by District Judge John Fishel on Dec. 16. Bail was set at $5,000, but Dunlap remains in York County Prison.  

The investigation dates back to October 2021, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip from internet companies MediaLab/Kik and Snapchat that a user appeared to be in possession of child pornography, according to court documents.

Brandon Dunlap

Both accounts were attached to email addresses associated with Dunlap, the records state. 

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That tip was eventually referred to an investigator with the Lower Windsor Township Police Department, who in March initiated a search warrant where Dunlap was staying. 

Police seized two cellphones owned by Dunlap, according to the court documents. During the investigation, Dunlap told police that he trades pornographic images on Omegle, an online chat platform, and distributes them to others who want them. He regularly copied the URL from Omegle and posted it on SnapChat, he said. 

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After a search warrant was issued in April, a search of Dunlap’s two cellphones did not reveal any further evidence of child pornography, the court documents said. 

A preliminary hearing in the case originally set for Dec. 30 was continued until Jan. 26 before Judge Fishel.