• Swissvale man accused of ordering child porn worked with children at church

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    SWISSVALE, Pa. - A Swissvale man accused of being in possession of child pornography was arrested Wednesday morning after agents from the Pennsylvania State Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. postal inspector raided his home.


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    Channel 11 News learned Friday that the suspect, Patrick Carrick, was an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Edgewood. Carrick was also chairman of the Christian Education Ministry, and listed as one of the primary contacts on the church's website.

    Pastor Michael Rucker said that Carrick helped out at vacation bible camps, but there was other staff present and he was never left alone with the children.

    "As his church community, we are stunned and grieving deeply,” said Rucker. 

    He described Carrick as a "kind, faithful and gentle soul,” adding that “there may be a side we did not know.” 

    Neighbors said Carrick lived alone for years and never caused any issues.

    “I think it was horrible. You are here for a while, you think your neighbors are great and then, you know, that happens,” said neighbor Johnny Kratsas.

    Investigators said Carrick ordered videos of child pornography from an international distributor through the mail and also purchased them online from a Russian website.

    According to a press release from Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office, Carrick ordered approximately 30 child pornographic movies from 2007 through 2011.

    Agents said Carrick admitted that he knew what he was doing was illegal and said he was worried about getting caught.

    In a letter to church members, Rucker asked them to pray for Carrick and the victims of child pornography. 

    Carrick is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

    He was unable to post bond and remained behind bars Friday.

    According to the attorney general’s release, his preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 15.

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