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[June 20, 2014]

Police: Monroe County man had thousands of child porn images [The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) :: ]

(Morning Call (Allentown, PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) June 20--Monroe County authorities said a man had thousands of child pornography images on his home computer that he "actively" shared with others, according to court records.


Stephen Joseph Dondero, 43, of the 2300 block of Commons Court in Smithfield Township, was charged Friday with sexual abuse of children and criminal use of a computer. Dondero is free under $25,000 unsecured bail.

Authorities served a search warrant Friday at Dondero's home after they said a file-sharing network showed Dondero had shared child porn with others.

Dondero's computer had more than 1,000 child porn videos involving children as young as age 8.

According to court records: In February, Monroe County authorities began investigating after they said a computer traced to Dondero was used to share child porn images.

An undercover detective communicated with Dondero and said he downloaded more than 200 photographs of children involved in sexual activity.

During an interview with Dondero, he told authorities he had used a computer network to search for and download child porn videos for several years.

The computer network also allowed others to also download those images and share them, authorities said.

pamela.lehman@mcall.com Twitter @pamelalehman 610-820-6790 ___ (c)2014 The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) Visit The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) at www.mcall.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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