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By RICK BOSTON
Staff Writer 

Child Porn Downloaded to IP Address Traced to Roaring Spring

 

October 3, 2019

Bradley Price

An Altoona man is behind bars after police said he used various Wi-Fi connections, including his mother's in Roaring Spring, to download more than 100 images of child pornography on his cellphone and laptop.

Bradley D. Price, 38, was taken into custody on Friday, Sept. 27, following an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Child Predator Unit after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which was notified by the online photo sharing website "Flickr" about images depicting child pornography being downloaded using IP addresses throughout the area.

According to the charges, Flickr reported that in September 2018, 10 files containing child pornography were downloaded using an IP address that belonged to a resident in Roaring Spring. Investigators determined the IP address belonged to Price's mother.

Investigators sent a subpoena to Google for account information linked to the email address used to open the Flickr account and it came back as belonging to Price.

Investigators were also able to determine that Price used open access Wi-Fi networks belonging to his neighbor in Altoona and a residence in Osterberg.

Agents from the Attorney General's Office, Homeland Security and Altoona Police raided Price's home early Friday morning. When told they had a search warrant, Price allegedly became nervous, let out a sigh and told investigators that he "wasn't trying to look at child pornography but that he likes younger girls."

Price allegedly told investigators that if he did look at child pornography that he "didn't mean to."

Under questioning, Price allegedly began to cry and admitted that he uses Google, Bing and a pornographic website to search for "young" and "teen" porn. Price allegedly told investigators he mostly uses his phone to search.

When asked by investigators if he viewed child pornography he allegedly stated he has "by accident." When questioned about the last time he viewed child pornography, Price allegedly said "it's probably been a couple of days."

Price allegedly told investigators his process of obtaining the images was to "search for them, download them, save them, view them and then delete them." Price allegedly stated "this sounds so horrible, I'm sorry."

Price allegedly told investigators that he made a mistake on the internet because he was "going through some things" and said "I'm not a predator."

Computer forensic agents found the dark web browser Onion on Price's phone. When questioned, Price allegedly told investigators that he was curious about how the dark web worked. Price allegedly said that he used the dark web to look up "younger girls."

When asked what made him start searching for child pornography in the first place, Price allegedly replied that he was "just curious" because he likes younger looking-females. Price allegedly asked investigators, "am I a big pervert for this?"

Investigators allegedly found 119 files, 67 of which were called "indecent contact" on Price's phone and laptop.

Price is facing 30 felony counts of possession of child pornography along with one count of felony criminal use of a communication facility.

He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Jones, Altoona, and lodged in the Blair County Prison on 10 percent of $50,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9, in front of Jones.

 

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