May 24, 2006

2 men face charges in separate porn cases

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Jill King Greenwood
Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A former Lawrence County pastor has been charged with 192 counts of possession of child pornography.

The Rev. Robert D. Schmidtberger, 50, of New Castle, faces a preliminary hearing Thursday after a yearlong investigation by state police. He resigned April 22 as pastor of Rose Point Reformed Presbyterian Church in New Castle.

Schmidtberger is one of two area men charged in recent days with possession of child pornography.

Authorities said they seized computers, CD-ROMs and other hardware from his home and found 161 images of child pornography and bestiality on the CD-ROMs and 31 images of child pornography on ZIP drives. Investigators found six e-mails on the CDs that contained attachments of child pornography.

Posted by kshaw at May 24, 2006 07:20 AM