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Drexel Hill man behind bars after violating probation for child porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:  June 16, 2015
CONTACT PERSON: Lauren Pastalone- 610.891.4163

Media, Pa – Today District Attorney Jack Whelan announced that a Drexel Hill man who violated his probation is facing child pornography charges after his cell phone internet history showed he was viewing pornographic images. Jonathan Knippschild, 26, of 3700 block of School Lane in Drexel Hill, is charged with two counts of child pornography, sexual abuse of children, and criminal use of communication facility.  

In 2011, Knippschild was charged with criminal use of a communications facility and sentenced to five years probation. In April 2012, Knippschild violated the terms of probation and was sentenced to six to 12 months in prison followed by four years consecutive probation. In addition, Knippschild was ordered not to have any computer or internet access, and not to have a cell phone with internet access. 

On April 19, County Probation Agents Carissa Tillotson, Frank Shannon, and Andreas Moshovis performed a home compliance check at Knippschild’s home address in Drexel Hill. When questioned about his pornography use by the agents, Knippschild denied he had viewed any but kept looking away. Agent Tillotson then asked to see his cell phone to verify that there was no internet access on the device. Agent Moshovis and Agent Shannon then continued the search to ensure there were no internet capable devices in the residence. During the search, Agent Moshovis found a cell phone in a backpack and after inspection he found that the device had pornographic titles in the recent history. When Agent Moshovis questioned Knippschild, he admitted to having an additional cell phone that could access the internet which he used to view pornography.

On April 27, Knippschild reported to his scheduled appointment with Agent Tillotson. He admitted that he searched and viewed child pornography on the cell phone that was confiscated. The defendant stated that he activated the cell phone and went to Sellers Library in Upper Darby to use their Wi-Fi so that he could view child pornography. Knippschild told the agents that he then went into a bathroom and masturbated to the images that he downloaded. He admitted to doing this again at a Starbucks near his place of employment and masturbated in the bathroom as well.

The defendant informed Agent Tillotson that he viewed child pornography on three different occasions before the phone was confiscated. Knippschild told the agents he used the search terms “teen” and “incest” and he believes the children in the pictures are approximately fourteen years of age. Knippschild was taken into custody for violating the terms of his probation.

Sgt. Jack Kelly of the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation PA Internet Crimes Task Force (ICAC) executed a search warrant to conduct a forensic examination of Knippschild’s cell phone. After a forensic review was conducted by Brian Knowlton of the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation forensic unit and the images were viewed by a medical doctor, it was determined to a reasonable degree of medical certainly that two of the photos on Knippschild’s cell phone are in fact child pornography, of victims less than eighteen years of age. It was also confirmed that one of the two photos of the child pornography involves bondage.

“Those who engage in this criminal behavior of processing child pornography should be aware that Delaware County law enforcement are actively working to arrest them,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “I would like to commend Delaware County’s adult probation officers Agent Tillotson, Agent Shannon and Agent Moshovis along with Sgt. Jack Kelly and Brian Knowlton of the Criminal Investigation Division on their collaborative work to take this repeat offender off the streets.”

Knippschild was arraigned on June 12 by Magisterial District Judge Ann Berardocco who set bail at $250,000 cash. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 24.


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