Google tip ties man to suspected child porn

Holley allegedly said he ‘feels bad’ about material

An Altoona man is in jail after a tip from Google leads state investigators to a cache of suspected child pornography.

Ronald Lee Holley, 29, was arrested Thursday after an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit culminated in a search of Holley’s Altoona home, one he shares with his girlfriend and her two children.

According to the charges, a tip was received by state investigators in February from Google that in June 2017, a suspected child pornography was uploaded to a Gmail email account.

Investigators traced the IP address to a location in Altoona, although the internet account was in the name of the homeowner, who is not Holley.

State agents and Altoona police arrived at the home on Thursday morning, but no one

was home. When Holley’s girlfriend arrived to find police and agents in the house, she told them Holley was at work and would be home for lunch.

When Holley arrived at the home just before noon, he initially told investigators he had two email accounts, but did not mention the one in question.

Holley eventually admitted he did create and use the Gmail account that had been reported by Google and said he did upload child pornography, according to the charges.

Holley allegedly told investigators he saved child pornography images that he found online because he enjoyed it. Holley told investigators he had masturbated “one or twice” to child pornography pictures and video and would “feel bad” about it. He felt bad about it because they were images of children having sex.

Holley said he made

a “mistake,” investigators noted in the charges.

Holley also told investigators he had a thumb drive in a safe under his bed that contained child pornography files. A check of the files confirmed that suspected child pornography, including the file reported by Google, was on the drive, investigators contend.

Holley also told investigators he saw the police at his home when he came back for lunch, so he hit the factory reset button on his cellphone and then drove it over to his mother’s house. The phone and other electronic items were then seized for further investigation.

Holley was booked Thursday night on 50 child pornography counts, as well as a count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Bail was set by magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger at $200,000 cash. Holley remains in Blair County Prison with a preliminary hearing slated for Wednesday at Central Court.

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