Police: Resident accessed child porn

Man allegedly used shared computer at Pyramid halfway house

A resident of a Snyder Town­ship halfway house faces charges after police say he used a community computer to access child pornography on the internet.

Chad Griffie, 40, a resident at Pine Ridge Manor Men’s Halfway House, a Pyramid Healthcare recovery center at 13505 S. Eagle Valley Road, Tyrone, was charged Monday by state police at Hollidaysburg with 90 counts stemming from 45 searches and 40 website visits to look at child pornography. He faces 45 counts each of third-degree felony child pornography and first-degree misdemeanor obscene and other sexual materials depicting a minor, according to online court documents.

According to the state police charges, the staff at the halfway house contacted state police on May 30 after other residents reported Griffie had been using a computer in the common area of the facility’s recreation center to look up child pornography.

Griffie, who was separated from the rest of the residents after the allegations came to light, was confronted by staff on May 30 about his computer use. Griffie allegedly admitted to a staff member that he had done something he knew he wasn’t supposed to do and that he had upset the other residents.

When a state trooper questioned Griffie on May 30, Griffie allegedly admitted he was familiar with computers and the “dark web,” as well as the browser programs used to access it.

Griffie allegedly admitted he made searches but only looked at pictures and not any videos. Griffie also said the females he looked at appeared to be adult, state police noted in the charges.

A forensic examination of the computer that Griffie used, which was seized and examined by state police, allegedly turned up evidence of searches that in­cluded for 8-year-old, 12-year-old and teen girls with large breasts, according to the charges.

When asked why he searched for those items, Griffie indicated he didn’t know and had searched whatever had “popped into his head” at the time, Trooper Willis Sneath wrote in the criminal complaint.

State police noted that Griffie was read a list of the searches discovered on the computer, and he admitted to each. When asked if he was addicted to pornography, Griffie said he was and had been searching for jobs on the computer, then started searching for pornography and then shifted to searches related to the military.

Griffie’s arraignment in Tyrone District Court has not been scheduled.

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