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November 16, 2016

Delaware County man faces child pornography charges

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Walter Irwin Upper Chichester Source/Delaware County District Attorney's Office

Investigators allegedly found 39 images and 11 videos of child pornography on devices owned by Walter Timothy Irwin, of Upper Chichester, Delaware County. He faces felony charges.

A Delaware County man is charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography after a June search of his home, authorities said.

Walter Timothy Irwin, 42, of the 2600 block of Colonial Drive in Upper Chichester, faces felony charges, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. Irwin allegedly possessed images that included a female child between 8-10 years old wearing Lion King pajamas engaging in a sex act with an adult male.

On suspicion of child pornography, the Delaware County Internet Crimes Task Force and the FBI executed a search warrant at Irwin's home on June 7. He was home at the time of the search, along with his wife, authorities said.

He told detectives he wanted to speak with them upstairs, then allegedly admitted to possessing child pornography on his computer at several points in time but also allegedly told detectives that he removed a file-sharing program from his computer.

A forensic examination conducted by task force Detective Christopher Tankelewicz allegedly found 39 images and 11 videos of child porn on Irwin’s devices. One image depicted a female about 5-8 years of age performing oral sex on an adult male, officials said.

Irwin is charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography and the sexual abuse of child, felonies of the second degree, and criminal use of a communications facility, a felony of the third degree, according to the district attorney's office.

He was released on $150,000 unsecured bail set by Magisterial District Judge Diane Holefelder, who placed him on electronic home monitoring with GPS. He was ordered to surrender his passport, have no internet access, no contact with minors and to complete a psychological and sexual evaluation.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 23.