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June 01, 2018

West Chester University student indicted on child pornography charges

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West Chester University.

A West Chester University student who allegedly possessed and transmitted more than 600 images and videos of child pornography during the past few years is now facing federal charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Ryan Davis, 21, of Thornbury, was arrested Friday morning following an investigation into his alleged criminal online activities involving the use of Dropbox and other file sharing accounts.

The indictment unsealed on Friday alleges Davis transported, possessed and received images and videos of children being sexually assaulted and depicted in sexually explicit positions on various dates in 2016 and 2017.

Prosecutors said the case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

“Child exploitation is a horrendous crime, and we have to do everything in our power to stop it,” U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said. “That’s why these cases are a priority, as is ensuring that the offenders are held fully accountable.”

If convicted, Davis faces a maximum possible sentence of 60 years in prison, including a five-year mandatory minimum term, five years up to a lifetime of supervised release and $750,000 in fines.