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Lackawanna County Employee Faces Child Porn Charges

March 21, 2019

Lackawanna County employee Theodore Karampilas used his county-issued cell phone to access child pornography, the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s office said.

The DA’s office and the Northeast Computer Crime Unit searched Karampilas’s home at 811 North Irving Ave., Scranton, on Wednesday after officials from KIK, an instant messaging mobile app, notified the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that someone was downloading and disseminating child porn from that address.

Karampilas, 41, who was previously banned from the service for downloading child pornography, admitted to police he had an account registered as “NotoriousTed” and that he was looking at child pornography for the past 20 years.

Police found multiple external hard drives in his bedroom. Karampilas told officers he had around 1,000 images of child pornography on the hard drives, according to the criminal complaint filed by Detective Sheryl Turner.

Karampilas admitted to getting aroused and masturbating to the images, according to the criminal complaint. He also told police he views child porn for the “thrill of doing something I’m not supposed to do” and that he’s seen pornographic images of children as young as toddlers.

Karampilas, a senior programmer/analyst for the county, also admitted to detectives that he used KIK on his county-issued cell phone and accessed his external hard drives using his county computer.

Karampilas is suspended from the county without pay and barred from accessing county buildings and computers. He has worked for the county since 2002, and earns an annual salary of $50,665.

During the investigation Wednesday when police were at his home, Karampilas informed his mother what he would be charged with.

His mother, Mary Louise Karampilas, asked “did someone send you something.”

“No mom, I did this,” he said. “I’ve been looking at these types of images since I was teenager. I got older but the girls didn’t.”

Police charged Karampilas with 96 counts of possession of child pornography and dissemination of photo/film of child sex acts.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. in front of Magisterial District Judge George Seig.

Karampilas was unable to post bail, set at $100,000, and is in the Lackawanna County Prison.

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