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Montgomery man arraigned for child porn charges

Once something is on the internet, it will remain there forever.

Wayne Croll, 44, of 16 Heilman St., Montgomery, found that out when he was charged for possessing child pornography after Facebook and Yahoo allegedly flagged several of his uploads.

Croll allegedly admitted to using the fake Facebook username of “David Short.” On the Facebook Messenger app connected to this account, Croll allegedly possessed seven videos that Facebook flagged, according to Trooper James Ballantyne.

According to Ballantyne, the videos Croll allegedly uploaded to Facebook Messenger depicted minors “engaged in sexual contact and in full nudity.”

“Croll admitted to emailing himself seven videos and described them in detail by their video names,” Ballantyne said.

Police were able to track the IP address associated with the fake account to a Montoursville store, while they tracked the mobile phone number tied to the account to Croll, Ballantyne said.

The retailer allegedly confirmed Croll was employed at the store, Ballantyne said.

According to police records, the crimes allegedly began Aug. 9, 2020, and continued through Feb. 16, when police took Croll into custody.

Yahoo allegedly sent a second cybertip Nov. 11 in relation to seven more videos depicting child pornography.

Croll allegedly denied viewing or possessing child pornography at first, according to Ballantyne. However, upon submitting to a polygraph interview, Croll allegedly admitted to using the fake name “David Short” and using Facebook Messenger to possess the first seven videos triggered cybertip.

Both Facebook and Yahoo flagged Croll’s uploads and issued cybertips to the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which then sent the reports to the Pennsylvania State Police North East Computer Crime Unit.

District Judge Jon Kemp arraigned Croll on 14 counts of child pornography and set bail to $100,000. Unable to post, Croll will remain in the Lycoming County Prison until his preliminary hearing before Kemp on Feb. 26.

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