By Amanda Klein | January 29, 2019
A Westmoreland County man was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison Tuesday on child pornography charges after explicit images of minors were found on his computer.
Joshua Pottle, 37, of New Kensington, was convicted of the charges on Oct. 3 after authorities found numerous images and videos of children, toddlers, and infants on his computer while serving a search warrant at his home on May 21, 2015.
Police also discovered a dresser drawer in Pottle’s bedroom containing 34 pairs of soiled young girls’ underwear.
Court documents alleged that Pottle was both downloading and sending child pornography from his computer using a peer-to-peer network.
Pottle admitted to agents that the computers seized in the residence were his, and that he had downloaded the child pornography for the purposes of sharing the files on the network.
According to investigators, Pottle was unable to confirm how much child pornography he had downloaded, but referred to himself as a “collector. ” He told police “the only time he deletes child pornography files is when he needs to free up space in order to download more.”
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