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Media Borough man arrested for child pornography


DATE:  July 9, 2015
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris- 610.891.4163 

Media, PA – Today District Attorney Jack Whelan announced the arrest of a Media Borough man for possessing child pornography depicting children as young as five years old. Mark Timothy Chamberlain, 49, of 400 block of W. Jefferson Street is charged with sexual abuse of children and criminal use of communication facility, both felonies of the third degree. The announcement comes at the conclusion of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and Media Borough Police.

On April 23, Analyst Rosanna Powers of the PA ICAC Task Force reviewed information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding an individual who appeared to have uploaded child pornography. The information was forwarded to CID Det. Ken Bellis for investigation.  The information received through Google Inc. reported that on March 30 an individual uploaded images of alleged child pornography by using a T-Mobile cell phone.

An open search through Facebook matched the telephone number of the T-Mobile phone with Mark Chamberlain, living in Media, PA. Det. Bellis compared Chamberlain’s driver license photo with the Facebook photo associated with his telephone number, confirming his identity. On May 14, Det. Bellis obtained an administrative subpoena directing Google Inc. to identify the subscriber who used the email address to upload the image of child pornography. Google Inc. responded to the subpoena, identifying the subscriber as Mark Chamberlain.  

On June 26, Det. Bellis and Det. Edmond Pisani of the PA ICAC Task Force, along with Media Police executed a search and seizure warrant at Chamberlain’s apartment in Media on Jefferson St. where they found Chamberlain and his girlfriend asleep in a rear bedroom. During a search of the apartment, four cellphones were located in plain view, two of which were later identified as belonging to Chamberlain.

Det. Pisani explained to Chamberlain that they were there conducting an investigation into child pornography. Chamberlain denied owning a cellphone or computer, but later admitted to detectives that he did own a telephone. Chamberlain told detectives that he lied about owning a cellphone because he knew it contained images of child pornography.   Chamberlain then admitted that he had hundreds of images of child pornography on his cellphone and knows that they are illegal to possess.

Det. Chris Tankelewicz conducted an initial examination of Chamberlain’s cellphone and found at least fifty images and videos of child pornography. Many of the images found on Chamberlain’s cellphone involved young females between the ages of five to 10 years of age. At least two images found during the initial examination depict a sexual image of child bondage.

During a search of Chamberlain’s bedroom closet, CID Det. Tim Deery recovered three VHS tapes and a brown box containing a MetroPCS shipping receipt for the recovered cellphone containing images of child pornography.

“The sexual exploitation of children is the most heinous crime because of the long-term physical and emotional damage it causes to the innocent children involved,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “Those who engage in this criminal behavior should be warned that our ICAC Task Force is actively working to locate and arrest them to make our community a safer place.”

Chamberlain was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Wendy Roberts who set bail at ten percent of $500,000 with conditions of no contact to minors, no internet, and a sexual evaluation prior to release. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 13, 2015 with Magisterial District Judge Deborah Krull.