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Luzerne man indicted on child porn charge


September 11. 2013 11:20PM

By - elewis@civitasmedia.com






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SCRANTON — A Luzerne man charged by Luzerne County detectives with nearly 2,000 counts of child pornography in June was indicted by a federal grand jury in Scranton.


Michael Shaw, 38, of Bennett Street, was indicted on a single count of of child pornography involving the use of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.


The indictment was unsealed on Wednesday.


Shaw was initially arrested on June 5 and charged with five counts of child pornography. At his preliminary hearing before District Judge David Barilla on June 20, Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Jenny Roberts added 1,747 counts of child pornography for a total of 1,753 counts against Shaw.


Roberts explained at the time that 120 videos and 1,633 pictures of children engaged in sex acts were allegedly discovered on Shaw’s computer between the time of his arrest and the preliminary hearing.


According to the criminal complaint filed in June:


Authorities visited Shaw’s residence based on a tip that a computer in his house was used in a sexually explicit chat with a young boy. From there, authorities said they learned about Shaw kissing an 11-year-old boy and finding “a large volume” of images of child pornography on his computer and discs.


Shaw told authorities he kissed the boy’s neck up to five times a week. Several pictures of the unlawful contact were found on his computer, the complaint says.


When he was arrested on June 5, Shaw told authorities, “I was acting like a full-blooded pedophile,” according to the complaint.


Shaw allegedly said he emailed pictures of him kissing the boy to another man who is not named in the complaint in exchange for nude pictures of boys.




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