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Lawndale man arrested for child porn

Wil­li­am Bair­stow

A Lawndale man is fa­cing child por­no­graphy charges after state in­vest­ig­at­ors al­legedly found sexu­al im­ages of chil­dren on his home com­puter via a peer-to-peer file shar­ing net­work.

Agents from the Pennsylvania At­tor­ney Gen­er­al’s Of­fice ar­res­ted Wil­li­am Bair­stow, 53, on Ju­ly 25 at his home on the 300 block of Heller­man St. The ar­rest fol­lowed an un­der­cov­er in­vest­ig­a­tion dur­ing which agents iden­ti­fied a com­puter from which me­dia files con­tain­ing child por­no­graphy were be­ing shared on a peer-to-peer net­work. Typ­ic­ally, peer-to-peer users join a net­work to share files and oth­er re­sources with oth­ers on the net­work in a re­cip­roc­al re­la­tion­ship. Many peer-to-peer net­works are Web-based.

In­vest­ig­at­ors suc­cess­fully down­loaded one of the du­bi­ous files, au­thor­it­ies said. Then they traced the com­puter’s IP ad­dress to identi­fy and loc­ate Bair­stow as the al­leged user. Agents seized Bair­stow’s com­puter, which al­legedly con­tained sev­er­al thou­sand videos and im­ages of sus­pec­ted child por­no­graphy.

Bair­stow was charged with 300 counts of pos­sess­ing child por­no­graphy, one count of dis­trib­ut­ing child por­no­graphy and one count of crim­in­al use of a com­mu­nic­a­tion fa­cil­ity. He was re­leased from cus­tody after post­ing 10 per­cent of $50,000 bail and is sched­uled for a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on Aug. 14. ••

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