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A Guilford Township man arrested by special agents with the Attorney General’s office last week has been charged with 50 counts of possession of child pornography.

William Stuart Richards, 51, is in Franklin County Jail, unable to post $175,000 monetary bail set by Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock during his preliminary arraignment Friday.

Arrested for child porn
William Richards

The case began with a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January. An online social media website called MeWe.com alerted the center that a user had uploaded child porn while interacting with other users.

As part of its investigation, AG agents obtained a user name, IP address and cell phone number from MeWe that were then traced to Richards Heather Drive home.

The almost two-month investigation took some twists and turns because Richards had moved from Marion to Guilford Township after the files ere uploaded. Using Subpoenas to obtain Sprint, Comcast and US post Office records, investigators traced traced Richards move and last week obtained a search warrant for the Heather Drive home he shared with his girlfriend.

Richards was at home when agents arrived with the search warrant at 6 a.m. Friday. According to court records, he agreed to talk to agents, giving them passwords for his computer and cellphone. He admitted having uploaded and sent images of young females to others on MeWe.

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Agents claim in court documents they found 51 child porn images on Richards laptop computer and cell phone.

He faces 25 second-degree felony counts of child pornography, 25 third-degree felony counts of chid pornography and one third degree felony count of criminal use of a communications facility.

Pennsylvania State Police troopers and special agents from Homeland Security assisted the AG agents in serving the search warrant.

Richards preliminary hearing takes place at 1 p.m. March 3 in Franklin Country Central Court.

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