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Jessup Man Faces More Than 600 Felony Child Pornography Counts

December 6, 2018

State police charged a Jessup man with more than 600 felony counts after discovering 220 child pornography files on electronic devices seized from his home. Jason Eric Johnson, 47, 112 Hill St., also uploaded 412 pornographic image and video files involving children to Google+ Photos, a photo sharing and storage service, state police wrote in a criminal complaint. Google+, pronounced “Google Plus,” is a social network operated by the tech giant. A cyber tip Google submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in August 2017, launched the investigation that ultimately led police to Johnson. That initial tip associated one of Johnson’s email addresses and his Internet Protocol address with 36 images of child pornography uploaded to Google+ Photos between June 3, 2017, and Aug. 3, 2017. Authorities received nine additional cyber tips connecting the same email and IP addresses to 376 more files depicting child porn, police said. Some of those illegal files involved children as young as toddlers, according to the criminal complaint. Police with a search warrant seized a tablet computer from Johnson’s Hill Street home on March 6. Images and videos of children posing nude or performing sexual acts were discovered on the tablet. Johnson then admitted to viewing child pornography for approximately 15 years during an interview with investigators, police said. Johnson was arrested Wednesday and faces 412 felony counts of disseminating child pornography, 220 felony counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography and one felony count of criminal use of a communication facility. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and remains in Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $90,000 bail. Contact the writer: jhorvath@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9141; @jhorvathTT on Twitter

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