Man pleads in child porn case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hollidaysburg area man has rendered guilty pleas in Blair County Court to charges filed in connection with child pornography possession.

Brent-Aaron Pielmeier, 23, who was arrested and charged in February 2018, rendered pleas Friday before Judge Wade A. Kagarise, with sentencing deferred pending a sexual offenders assessment and a presentence investigation.

The judge acknowledged 24 to 36 months as the minimum standard range of incarceration in the state’s sentencing guidelines for each of the 10 pornography-related counts to which Pielmeier pleaded.

Pending sentences on each count are to be served concurrently, Deputy Attorney General David Drumheller and defense attorney Thomas M. Dickey advised Kagarise.

But it’s an open plea, the attorneys added, so the imposed sentence will rest with the judge. And if Kagarise desires, the sentence can also be crafted to recognize that Pielmeier’s collection included 213 images plus a file-sharing program.

The investigation leading to Pielmeier’s arrest began in December 2016 based on a tip from a technology company about suspected uploading of child pornography from a cellphone. The tracking of communication exchanges led to Pielmeier’s residence on Allegheny Street, where he consented to having agents search his cellphone, laptop, computer, computer tower and a digital hard drive.

Pielmeier also allegedly advised agents that he had been looking at child pornography for about four years.

Kagarise, in accepting Pielmeier’s guilty pleas, advised him to cooperate with the pending evaluations so his sentencing can be scheduled in three to five months.

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