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An area man has been sentenced up to 50 years in Warren County Prison, followed by five years of probation, after pleading guilty to six counts of child pornography possession.

Mason Tyler Swanson, 33, who was residing in Columbus at the time of the arrest, but is listed on court documents as a Corry man, was sentenced at the Warren County Courthouse on Monday. He will also have to register for life as a sexual predator, per the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, also known as Megan’s Law.

“This defendant has proven without a doubt that he is a threat to the children in our communities,” Attorney General Michelle Henry said in a press release. “Today’s sentencing ensures that he will no longer have access to vulnerable young people, online or in person. Accessing child pornography is a crime that my office takes very seriously, and we will continue to protect children and hold predators accountable.”

The case is Swanson’s second conviction for sexual abuse charges. He was previously convicted of indecent assault and corruptions of minors for sexual contact with a 13-year-old child.

Swanson landed on the radar of law enforcement last year when two searches in November resulted in finding a desktop and laptop computer containing numerous digital files of apparent child pornography and software for using a peer-to-peer file sharing program. An investigation through the attorney general’s office found that Swanson owned and operated both devices.

Law enforcement also recovered at least two electronic storage devices from the pocket of the pants Swanson was wearing during his arrest. Upon examination by a computer forensic examiner, numerous apparent child pornography media files were found on these devices, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with the criminal complaint.

Swanson was read his rights, and police said he admitted to using the file-sharing application from an apartment on North Center Street. He further admitted that no one else would have used the two computers found in the apartment. At first, Swanson told police he had not seen child pornography in some time, but later indicated that he looked at it weekly, or less often.

Police said all 35 files found on the devices recovered at the time of the arrest appear to depict children, under the age of 18, engaged in sexual acts and/or poses, and are believed to be child pornography in violation of Pennsylvania Crimes Code Section 6312 – Sexual Abuse of Children. The affidavit proceeds to list 20 media files being used as evidence to support the charges. In summarizing their content, police said all 20 of those files depict indecent contact with children under of the age of 13. 

Anyone who has information about child predators can contact the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section at 1-800-385-1044. Concerned citizens can also report child abuse to the Pennsylvania ChildLine by calling 1-800-932-0313.

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