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Church Youth Leader Faces Child Porn Charges

by on August 01, 2014 3:40 PM

This story was updated Aug. 5.

A church youth leader from Lemont faces child pornography charges, according to court records filed by the state's Attorney General's Office.

Alexander Park, 24, faces 25 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

The Attorney General's office and State College Police Department executed a search warrant Thursday at Park's home.

Authorities seized three computers and a thumb drive from a home office and Park's bedroom, court records say. Officials say computer forensics agents found several hundred images and videos of suspected child pornography.

Initially, police say no one was home when authorities arrived. Police contacted Park's father, the homeowner, who then returned to the property. That's when police learned Park was at Green Hills Camp, a church camp in Baree, Huntingdon County, according to court records.

The United Methodist Church operates the camp. Rev. Mike Bealla, director of connectional ministries, says Park was not employed by the camp, but was attending the camp as a youth group volunteer with Mount Nittany United Methodist Church.

Investigators then traveled to the camp to interview Park. Afterward he was transported to the State College Police Department where he was charged with the crimes.

A cyber tip made by Google to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led police to Park, according to court records. Google made the report after detecting that Park allegedly uploaded five child pornography images to his Google e-mail account.

Park was arrested and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Thomas N. Jordan. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. His preliminary hearing is slated for Aug. 6.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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