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Pair of area men facing multiple child porn counts in separate cases

Posted 6/26/19

Two area men recently were arrested on multiple counts related to child pornography.

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Pair of area men facing multiple child porn counts in separate cases

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By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

and Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

Two area men recently were arrested on multiple counts related to child pornography.

A Middletown man was arrested Thursday following an investigation launched by the Department of Homeland Security that found he had downloaded and shared child pornography using a smartphone application.

Andrew Allain Fink, 32, of the 200 block of North Pine Street, used the smartphone messenger app Kik to distribute in a public chat room pornographic images and videos of young girls on Nov. 16, Nov. 17, Nov. 18, Nov. 20, and Nov. 21, according to arrest papers filed by Pennsylvania State Police with District Judge David Judy.

Users can use Kik to send text messages, pictures and videos.

The investigation leading to Fink’s arrest was started Nov. 16, 2018, by an undercover agent with Homeland Security in San Diego. The agent had signed into an undercover Kik account to observe several users distribute sexually explicit material depicting minor-aged and prepubescent females, according to the arrest papers.

Investigators traced the account to Fink.

On June 20, a search warrant approved by Judy was executed at Fink’s North Pine Street address by members of the State Police Central Computer Crime Task Force, Homeland Security, and the Middletown Police Department.

Fink said he created a Kik user name and admitted to receiving child pornography pictures and videos and sharing them with the chat group, police said in arrest papers.

Fink told investigators he deleted his Kik account after seeing pictures depicting a 3-year-old, telling police he “was not into children that young.”

Fink was arraigned before Judy on Thursday and was charged with dissemination of photo/film of child sex acts, child pornography, and criminal use of communication facility — all of which are felonies.

Judy set bail at $25,000, and Fink is scheduled for a July 1 preliminary hearing.

In a separate case involving an area man, a Lower Swatara Township man has been charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography along with charges of dissemination of child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Bail for William Daniel Kline, 36, has been set at $25,000.

According to the affidavit, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations Pittsburgh was investigating on May 24, 2018, offenders who shared child pornography on the BitTorrent network.

The investigation of files made available by an IP address led police to execute a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of Georgetown Road on June 20.

On Kline’s computer, police allegedly found nine pornographic videos and one pornographic picture.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26.