Man faces 35 felony child porn charges

Bradley B. Beck accused of indecent assault, filming a child in sexual acts

A Juniata man is in jail on charges he sent child pornography over the internet and recorded himself sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy.

Agents with the state Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit took 20-year-old Bradley B. Beck of 517 N. Fifth Ave. into custody Monday and charged him with 35 felony counts that include dissemination of child pornography, indecent assault and filming a child in sexual acts.

According to charges filed Monday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, the investigation started in April 2017, after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported a tip from Microsoft that a suspected photo of child pornography had been uploaded by a Skype user.

Over the next several months, investigators linked the Skype account to Beck and the IP address was linked to his home address, where he lives with his parents. Agents also verified who lives at the Juniata address that is connected to the Atlantic Broadband account associated with the IP address with the U.S. Post Office and conducted surveillance of the home.

On Monday morning, agents, along with Altoona police, showed up at Beck’s home with a search warrant, and the 20-year-old allegedly admitted he had uploaded the image, one that allegedly showed two boys having sex.

According to the charges, Beck agreed to talk with investigators and told them he has Skype, a video chat application, on his phone and uploaded the photo while talking to a friend.

Beck also said he had pictures on his phone and went on to say he takes photos of children without their knowledge. He told investigators he took photos of a child as recently as last week but said the pictures were “full-clothed children and were not ‘demeaning,'” agents pointed out in the charges.

Investigators continued to question Beck about whether he ever touched any of the children he photographed or if he knew any of them. Beck allegedly said he did not touch any of them and he said he knew one boy he photographed — an 8-year-old. Beck explained he frequently looked after the 8-year-old and the boy’s younger brother after school until the boys’ mother got home from work.

When investigators found a pair of boy’s underwear in his bedroom, he said at least one pair belonged to the boy. He said he saw the underwear while he was at the boy’s home, took a pair home and has worn them.

Investigators said Beck claimed he did not have any child pornography files saved on any of his devices or hard drives, but a check of his iPhone on Monday at Beck’s home allegedly turned up 16 suspected images of child pornography.

A video was also found, and when agents told Beck what they uncovered, he “became visibly upset and stated he forgot about that video,” investigators wrote in the charges.

The video shows the 8-year-old boy sitting on Beck’s lap while Beck has his hands down the front of the boy’s underwear. Investigators said it appears in the video that Beck is fondling the boy.

When confronted with the video, Beck allegedly admitted he shot the video while fondling the boy.

Along with the video, investigators allegedly found naked photos of the 8-year-old boy’s younger brother on Beck’s cellphone.

Beck’s electronics were seized for further analysis, and he was taken before DeAntonio for arraignment late Monday afternoon. In all, Beck is charged with 16 counts of photographing, filming or depicting on a computer sexual acts with children and 16 counts of possession of child pornography, along with one count each of dissemination of child pornography, indecent assault and criminal use of a communication facility.

Beck was taken to Blair County Prison after his bail was set at 10 percent of $50,000 by DeAntonio. A preliminary hearing is slated for March 14 at Central Court.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.

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