Undercover investigation leads to child porn charges against Ford City man

An Armstrong County man has been arrested on child pornography charges, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Monday.

Shawn Kunkle, 44, was arrested Thursday by agents with the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section at his Ford City residence.

Kunkle is accused of possessing and distributing child porn using a peer-to-peer file sharing network, Kane said.

According to Kane’s office, agents discovered multiple video files depicting suspected child pornography associated with an IP address belonging to Kunkle during an undercover investigation in June.

Agents, along with officers from the Ford City Police Department, executed a search warrant at Kunkle’s residence and recovered two computers with several files indicative of child pornography, Kane said.

Kunkle was placed under arrest and charged with seven counts of distribution of child pornography, three counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He is confined to the Armstrong County Prison after failing to post $75,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 8.

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