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Pa. man faces child porn charges

June 29, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Waynesboro man is in a Washington, D.C., jail following a June 17 arrest on charges of sending child pornography, according to federal court documents.

Brandon J. Rock, 32, of 134 Clayton Ave., was charged with one count of distribution of child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

According to the criminal complaint, Rock interacted with a Metropolitan Police Department officer posing as a member of an online chat room and allegedly shared photos of a 12-year-old girl over the Internet.

Lindsay Godwin, an FBI spokeswoman for the Washington field office, said Rock is currently being held in the District of Columbia jail pending an indictment through the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Godwin said Rock was arrested at his job in Pennsylvania on June 17 and charged with distributing child pornography in the district.

Since the arrest warrant was issued in the district, that is where Rock will be held until his indictment, she said.

The district police officer was working as part of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force with the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the charging documents, beginning on June 9, the undercover police officer began conversing with Rock by Yahoo instant messenger and through a chat site.

Rock allegedly secretly recorded the girl, without her knowledge, in various stages of undress that he sent to the officer, the complaint said.

On June 13, Rock allegedly sent the officer approximately 11 images of prepubescent female girls in suggestive poses and engaging in sexual acts with men, the complaint said.

While Godwin wouldn’t speak specifically about Rock’s case, she said: “The child exploitation task force is vigilant towards identifying and locating those who are abusing children.”

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