Two Pennsylvania men arrested on unrelated charges of distributing child pornography

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of two Pennsylvania men on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

The defendants are identified as:

  • Joshua R. Pottle, 33, 2529 Blacks Lane, New Kensington, Westmoreland County
  • John Rochford, 69, 250 Poplar St., Apt. 2, Mount Carmel, Northumberland County

Pottle charges

According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation located several files containing explicit images of children under the age of 18. Agents later determined the files were allegedly downloaded to Pottle’s computer.

On May 21, agents with the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section and the New Kensington Police Department executed a search of Pottle’s residence and seized two computers. A preliminary review of the seized items by the Attorney General’s Computer Forensics Unit resulted in the discovery of numerous files of suspected child pornography.

Pottle was taken into custody and charged with five counts of distribution of child pornography, 34 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

A criminal records check was performed and determined Pottle was convicted in 2001 for statutory sexual assault and other offenses, making him a Tier 3 Megan’s Law Offender.

Pottle was remanded to the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 18.

Attorney General Kane thanked the New Kensington Police Department for its assistance with Pottle’s arrest.

The case will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Courtney Butterfield of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.

Rochford charges

Rochford was arrested May 26 and charged with three counts of distribution of child pornography, 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

The arrest is the result of a monthslong investigation by the Child Predator Section into Rochford’s alleged downloading and sharing of child pornography.

A search of Rochford’s home resulted in the seizure of multiple electronic devices. A preview of these items led to the discovery of suspected child pornography.

Rochford was confined to the Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 3.

The case will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.

Reporting Child Predators

Suspected child predators can be reported to the Office of Attorney General by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Individuals who suspect an online predator or child sexual abuse can also send an anonymous tip to the office by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411.

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