Former Hatboro resident waives hearing on child pornography charges

Pablo Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of the Hatboro Police Department

HATBORO >> A former Hatboro resident being held on multiple charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Paul Leo Tuesday.

Pablo Paul Rodriguez, 20, formerly of the 200 block of East County Line Road, was arrested Oct. 19 and charged with 251 felony counts of sexual abuse of children and 26 felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility for his alleged possession and dissemination of child pornography, according to the criminal complaint.

In exchange for waiving the hearing Nov. 24, the commonwealth agreed to drop bail by $1,000 to $99,000, which permits Rodriquez to be placed in the general population at Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said.

Rodriguez’s attorney, Bill Moore, said he and Feden were “working on details behind the scene.”

The “caveat” for reducing the bail, Feden told the judge, is “that if he posts bail, he won’t be released [from prison] unless the commonwealth has a chance to be heard on any increase in bail.”

The conditions imposed by Leo during the Oct. 20 arraignment on the charges — that Rodriguez have no contact with children under 18 and no Internet access — will remain, as well.

Rodriguez, who appeared in court in a red MCCF jumpsuit, did not speak.

In May 2014, Hatboro Detective Sgt. Cameron Goold assisted a U.S. Department of Homeland Security special agent in serving a federal search warrant at the East County Line Road residence where Rodriguez was staying with relatives, according to the affidavit. At the time, Rodriguez was 18 and a student at Hatboro-Horsham High School, it states.

Two computers, numerous flash drives and other digital media were seized from Rodriguez’s room and found to contain more than 1,500 images and videos of underage males and females the complaint says.

Goold, who forensically analyzed the evidence, found that it contained more than 1,500 images and videos of underage males and females, some as young as 3, displaying their genitalia, engaging in sexual activity and/or being sexually abused, the complaint states. Through several email accounts discovered, it was determined that Rodriguez was engaging in the exchange of child pornography with other users, the complaint says.

Two videos seized show Rodriguez hiding a video camera or cellphone in a bathroom or dressing room and surreptitiously recording a 12-year-old girl changing out of a bathing suit and again dressing after a shower, according to the complaint.

Formal arraignment on the charges was scheduled for Jan. 20 in Montgomery County Court.

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