Erving man charged with child porn possession 

Recorder Staff
Published: 6/6/2017 11:32:06 AM

ERVING — A local man who was arraigned on child pornography charges this week admitted to police that he stored hundreds of pornographic videos and images on his Google Drive, and that it was possible he accidentally downloaded images of children, according to court documents.

George M. Rodriguez, 41, of Erving, was arraigned in Franklin County Superior Court Monday on 36 counts of possession of child pornography. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said he uploaded at least 189 videos of suspected child pornography onto his Google Drive between August 2014 and March 2016.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $1,000 cash bail with a number of conditions.

According to findings of fact submitted by Assistant District Attorney Anne K. Yereniuk, police were tipped off about the videos by the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children, which received a cybertip from Google concerning three videos that were uploaded to a Google Drive account associated with Rodriguez’s email address that contained purported child pornography.

After determining that the videos were uploaded from an IP address registered in Erving, state police sent the tip and videos to the Erving Police Department, which was granted a search warrant for Rodriguez’s Forest Street home. In June 2016, police seized Rodriguez’s iPhone, iPad and a Motorola tablet. Yereniuk noted that when police executed the search warrant, Rodriguez answered the front door wearing the same gray shorts that were seen in some of the images later downloaded from his devices.

She also noted that Rodriguez lives with his wife and young daughter.

On his cellphone, police found Kik, an anonymous messaging app that allows users to chat with strangers. Yereniuk wrote that because Kik doesn’t monitor its users’ ages stringently, many are children. As a result, law enforcement officials throughout the United States have found that sexual predators use the app to communicate with minors and exchange pornography.

On Rodriguez’s Kik account, police found many photos of young females in various states of nudity and engaged in sexual activity, according to the findings of fact, but could not determine whether the individuals were under the age of 18. However they were able to determine that Rodriguez stored 189 videos of definitive child pornography on his Google Drive after obtaining the account’s contents through a separate search warrant.

Rodriguez had more than 1,000 files stored on his account, according Yereniuk, and many were named to suggest young ages of children depicted in the videos.

“It is entirely possible and probable that there were many other files that contained video images of minors under the age of eighteen that might be determined at a later date by an expert as to child age identification,” Yereniuk wrote in the findings of fact.

During an interview with police, Rodriguez said he uses his Google Drive to hide pornography from his wife, telling police he has stored hundreds of pornographic videos and photos on the drive and that it’s possible he accidentally downloaded child pornography thinking it was adult pornography, according to Yereniuk.

She noted that Rodriguez has no prior criminal record.

The case was investigated by the Erving Police Department and State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Rodriguez was indicted on 36 counts of possessing child pornography last month and summoned to court.

He is due back in court Nov. 17 for a pretrial hearing. His case has been placed on the May 2018 criminal trial list. 

Conditions of his bail include that he wear a GPS tracking device, report to the probation department on a regular schedule and not have any contact, work or volunteer or spend overnights with children under 16, excluding biological or legally adopted children. 




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