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Erie Man Arrested on Kiddie Porn Charges

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of an Erie man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of an Erie man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
According to the criminal complaint, Frank Clement, 43, 2921 Hazel St., Erie, used a peer-to-peer network in order to make files – containing prepubescent children engaged in graphic sexual acts – available for download. Agents conducting an undercover investigation successfully downloaded those files and identified Clement as the source through the computer's IP address.
On Monday, June 9, 2014, agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section, along with officers of the Erie Police Department executed a search of Clement's Erie residence. The charges state that agents found more than 500 hits using a text string search of common child pornographic terms. These items were all found located in deleted space, which indicates that files with these names existed on the hard drive before allegedly being deleted and wiped by Clement.
Clement was arrested on June 10, 2014, and charged with four counts of distribution of child pornography, four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was held in the Erie County Prison in lieu of $200,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 19, 2014, before Magisterial District Judge Dominick DePaolo.
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