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International business man arrested at airport for child porn possession

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:  Feb. 17, 2015
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris- 610.891.4163

Media, Pa – Today District Attorney Jack Whelan and Chief Stephen Edmiston of Tinicum Township Police announced a Waxhaw, N.C. man is facing child pornography charges after his laptop was seized at the Philadelphia Airport upon his arrival from a business trip from Munich, Germany.  
Ivan Teobalelo Zubiaga, 50, of Waxhaw, N.C, is charged with 25 counts of child pornography possession, obscene and other sexual materials and criminal use of a communications facility, all felonies of the third degree. 

On Saturday, Feb. 14, Zubiaga arrived to the Philadelphia International Airport from Munich, Germany.  When questioned about his travels during inspection, Zubiaga stated he was in Germany for business and that he is the executive vice president for Raedlinger's Primus Line.
During a baggage exam, authorities retrieved two laptops, a cellphone, hard drive and several thumb drives, which were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation. HSI Special Agents found a large volume of video files depicting suspected pre-pubescent males and females engaged in sexual activity with adult males. That same day, Zubiaga was interviewed at the airport by a HSI agent, Dec. Sgt. James Y. Simpkins, Jr. of Tinicum Township Police and Det. Anthony Ruggieri of the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division. Zubiaga told authorities he is the sole user of the laptop and claimed that it is not used by his wife and daughter. He also denied personally knowing any of the child victims and stated he only downloads and watches child pornography which he admitted he has been doing for approximately ten years.
"Those who possess child pornography fuel the appalling exploitation of innocent children," said District Attorney Jack Whelan. "Those who engage in this criminal behavior should be forewarned that law enforcement is actively working to locate and arrest them. I would like to commend HSI, and our local law enforcement for their collaborative work on this case.”
Ivan Teobalelo Zubiaga  was arraigned Feb. 14 and remanded to the Delaware County prison after failing to post bail which was set at 10 percent of $250,000. The preliminary hearing is Feb. 25 in Folcroft before Magisterial District Judge Michael G. Cullen.