PITTSBURGH - Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Friday the arrest of two men accused of sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
In the unrelated cases, a man from Pittsburgh and a man from Fayette County were taken into custody.
According to the criminal complaint, Alan Templin, of Pittsburgh, is accused of having child porn available on his computer through a peer-to-peer network.
Agents used the computer’s IP address to trace it back to Templin’s Conrad Drive home.
During a search of Templin’s home in O’Hara Township, police said they detected a strong odor of natural gas, and “found what appeared to be a common kitchen knife wedged between the front edge of the stove housing and the thermocouple assembly of the wall oven. Templin allegedly rigged the oven in this way in order to keep the pilot light lit allowing natural gas to flow into the residence for at least 18 hours.”
Investigators said they suspect Templin rigged the stove, and they’re very lucky the house didn’t explode.
Agents seized several hand guns and rifles, a kitchen knife and a desktop computer from the residence. Forensic examiners conducted a preliminary review of the computer and found suspected child pornography. The items will be further analyzed by the Office of Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of a continuing investigation.
Templin was taken into custody on Thursday, May 8 and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of aggravated assault and one count of causing or risking a catastrophe.
Target 11’s Rick Earle reported Templin is a former O’Hara Township councilman. He lost his bid for re-election last year.
“It’s terrifying as a parent because we put our trust in them,” one O’Hara resident said.
The township declined to comment on Templin’s arrest.
On May 7, agents searched Raymond Trautman’s home and discovered 30 images of child pornography on media storage devices.
Trautman, according to the criminal complaint, was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
According to the criminal complaint, agents conducting an online investigation identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network making several media files - believed to depict child pornography - available for download. The computer's IP address was later identified as serving Trautman's Fayette County residence.