A Summerville resident, James Allen Haines, aged 34, from Jefferson County, faces an extensive list of charges exceeding 100 related to child pornography. The charges include 62 counts of second-degree felony child pornography, 42 counts of third-degree felony child pornography, one count of third-degree felony criminal use of a communication facility, and 15 counts of second-degree felony dissemination of explicit material involving child sex acts. These charges were detailed in a criminal complaint filed at Magisterial District Judge Gregory Bazylak’s office on November 13.
An affidavit of probable cause revealed that on July 27, 2022, the Pennsylvania State Police received information from the Internet Crimes Against Children regarding CyberTipline reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. These reports, generated by Facebook and Kik, indicated the presence of concerning material. Facebook became aware of one such report on May 18, 2022, mentioning the upload of a child pornography video via Facebook Messenger on the same date.
The user behind this material was identified as "Pearl Corbett." The illicit video was sent to a known female user residing in Pittsburgh, with preceding messages leading up to the video's upload also being provided.
On June 4, 2022, Kik became aware of similar issues, reporting the upload and sharing of 14 images and videos of child pornography between May 28 and May 31, 2022. Kik provided details including an email address and username/user ID for Pearl Corbett, linking these to a Samsung phone used for accessing the account.
A subsequent subpoena on August 4, 2022, was issued to Windstream to identify the subscriber associated with the earlier-mentioned IP addresses. Windstream revealed the subscriber as Tonya Corbett of Summerville, matching the provided information.
Police received reports of an incident involving corruption of minors, implicating Tonya Corbett and her boyfriend, Haines, residing at a Railroad Street home in Summerville.
During the investigation, Corbett informed police that she had given Haines an old black phone before May of the preceding year and that he had used it the night before. This phone, a Samsung Galaxy model, was found hidden under a bed, matching the device information provided by Kik. Another Samsung Galaxy phone was discovered in a nightstand drawer. Corbett confirmed knowing a woman in Pittsburgh whose Facebook account received the child pornography video highlighted in the Facebook Messenger Cybertip.
Further investigations on Haines's Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro revealed 11 files depicting indecent contact in child pornography and 12 files involving nudity. The phone's background screen featured Haines, logged into Facebook with the "Pearl Corbett" account accessible. Additionally, download links with child pornography titles were found.
The examination of Haines's Samsung Galaxy S7 uncovered 31 child pornography files, along with 14 additional files on a MicroSD card.
In total, Haines was found in possession of 62 images/videos involving indecent contact in child pornography, 42 images/videos depicting nudity, and disseminated 15 images/videos of child pornography involving indecent contact via Kik and Facebook messenger, according to the affidavit of probable cause.