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Computer Crime Task Force efforts result in Emmaus man being charged

Published June 26. 2010 09:00AM

As part of the Pennsylvania State Police initiative to combat the exploitation of children, members of the Computer Crime Task Force proactively monitor the internet for subjects offering to share child pornography in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This effort has led to the arrest of an Emmaus man, police reported.

The Upper Saucon Police Department is part of the task force and one of its investigators initiated a probe that identified Frank John Kurtz Jr., 43, of 622 Chestnut St., as one of those offering to share the child pornography.

On June 18, members of the township police force joined Pennsylvania State Police and Emmaus Police in executing a search warrantat the Kurtz residence. During the search, evidence of child pornography was discovered on a computer system that was seized. At the conclusion of the investigation, police said it was determined Kurtz used his personal computer to download numerous files of child pornography.

On Thursday, police arrested the man on two felony counts each of sexual abuse of children and criminal use of a communication facility, and two misdemeanor counts of obscene and other sexual materials.

Kurtz was arraigned at Lehigh County Central Booking before Magisterial District Judge Donna Butler.

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