Clifford man gets probation for child porn charge

BY STACI WILSON

A 67-year-old Susquehanna County man who admitted to downloading child pornography on his computer was sentenced to serve a four-year probationary sentence Thursday in Susquehanna County Court.

Stewart John Davis, of Clifford, pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography on June 24.

He was arrested Nov. 12, 2010 following an investigation by the state police Computer Crime Unit and Lackawanna County District Attorney’s office.

Detective Justin Leri of the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s office inScrantonwas conducting an online undercover investigation into Internet sharing of child pornography when he discovered a computer on a file-sharing network with 41 files connected to the subject.

The detective determined that the user of that computer system was set up to allow browsing of his shared files.

Names on 14 of the files were consistent with those used to label child pornography.

Police said those files were matched with some from prior investigations and depicted children under age 18 engaged in prohibited sexual acts.

After obtaining a court order, Leri was able to trace the computer records, discovering they originated fromDavis’ Internet account.

Using that information, state police obtained a search warrant through the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s office forDavis’ residence where they encounteredDavisat home.

Davisacknowledged he had downloaded child pornography. He told police that he would download files when his wife was not at home.

According to police, files were discovered on the computer depicting juveniles participating in various explicit sexual acts, with one child in the videos identified as being as young as six.