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SANDY LAKE TOWNSHIP – A Sandy Lake Township man was accused of viewing and sharing multiple child pornography videos.

Randall Zimmer, 43, was charged Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General with criminal use of a communication facility, two counts of disseminating a photo or film of child sex acts, and 28 counts of possessing child pornography.

He was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township, and taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond.

Zimmer’s preliminary hearing with McEwen is scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 11.

He was arrested after an investigation by Attorney General’s Child Predator Section acting on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Jan. 10 from MediaLab/Kik, according to a criminal complaint filed by Lisa D. Ceh.

Ceh is a senior special agent with the Child Predator Section’s western regional office.

Kik is an application used for chatting and file-sharing via smartphones and similar devices. Kik is owned by MediaLab, and users can remain anonymous, as they are not required to provide their name or phone number.

MediaLab/Kik provided the center with two IP addresses and several child porn files sent through Kik Messenger by a user in December. Investigators determined that the IP addresses were linked to Zimmer.

Three of the files are videos that show girls between the ages of 5 and 8 engaging in sexual acts with adult men.

On July 28, agents from the AG’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police served Zimmer with a search warrant at his home, explaining they were looking for information about illegal internet activity.

Agents said they found at least 28 photos and videos of child porn on Zimmer’s phone.

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