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April 12, 2016

Northeast Philly man hit with child pornography charges

AG announces counts of distribution, possession against Mayfair suspect

Crime Child Pornography
Michael Gans Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office/Source

Michael Gans.

A Northeast Philadelphia man faces charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday.

Michael Gans, 38, of 4288 Barnett St., was the subject of an online investigation into the sharing of suspected child porn, according to authorities.

Prosecutors say they identified a computer making images available, the IP address of which was linked to Gans' Mayfair address.

Authorities executed a search warrant at the home and recovered several computers containing numerous files indicative of child pornography, according to the Attorney General's Office.

Gans is charged with two counts of distributing child pornography, 50 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was released after posting 10 percent of his $25,000 bail and is set to appear at a preliminary hearing on April 21.

Suspected child predators can be reported to the Attorney General's Office by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044 or by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411.