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Posted on: August 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Possession of Child Pornography Leads to State Prison Term

HONESDALE -- A.G. Howell, Wayne County District Attorney, announced Steven Thomas Albrecht, 57, of Cape Carteret, NC, was sentenced by President Judge Janine Edwards on Thursday to a total of 2 years to 6 years to a State Correctional Institution. On May 21, 2020, Albrecht pleaded guilty to two (2) counts of Possession of Child Pornography, both Felonies of the 3rd degree.

On September 19, 2019, members of the Pennsylvania State Police Northeast Computer Crime Unit, along with officers from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Wayne County Detectives, served a search warrant on the then residence of Albrecht in Lake Ariel, after the Wayne County Detectives received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. During the search, multiple electronic devices were seized, and as a result of the search, Albrecht was found to be in possession of multiple images containing Child Pornography on his computer.

Approximately 4,000 of those images were categorized as “child abuse material” or “child exploitive.” Some of the illegal images depict toddlers and infants being photographed in bondage.

District Attorney Howell stated, “The possession of child pornography is not a victimless crime. The Wayne County District Attorney’s Office will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute child pornography cases.”

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