Computer search yields 77 more charges for alleged pedophile

Altoona police have filed more charges against a Newry man suspected of emailing child pornography.

Todd A. Detemple, 38, has been in the Blair County Prison since May 29, 2012, when Altoona police arrested him and seized several computers after an FBI investigation into a California pedophile and others who were allegedly a part of a child pornography ring.

At the time, Detemple was charged with three felony child pornography counts, and Thursday he was arraigned on 77 more related counts stemming from a search of his computers that allegedly revealed 4,907 pictures depicting child pornography.

According to Detemple’s latest arrest papers, a shared file containing several child pornography files was also found on one of Detemple’s computers. That file allowed others to upload images. The picture files found in the shared folder were also found among the nearly 5,000 images uncovered, police contend.

Detemple first came to the attention of Altoona police last year when an FBI investigation into convicted pedophile Dylan J. Zara, 29, of Santa Rosa, Calif., turned up a suspected child pornography ring. Zara, an assistant director at a youth camp and former middle school computer technician, received a 16-year sentence in 2011 for molesting a 6-year-old girl over a two-year period. Zara, who struck a plea deal with prosecutors, also photographed the girl in sexually explicit poses and distributed them, according to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.

Detemple, incarcerated in lieu of $75,000 cash, and Zara allegedly shared child pornography, according to court records. In the charges filed against Detemple in May, police note investigators believe Detemple sent Zara 26 pictures he took of a 4-year-old girl in 2009. Police have said not all of those pictures were sexually explicit.

Altoona police had investigated Detemple because at the time one of their detectives, Scott Koehle, was a member of the state police computer crimes task force. Koehle, now employed by the state Attorney General’s Office, continued the investigation into Detemple, records show, and Altoona Detective David Dey, his predecessor, assisted.

District Judge Paula Aigner set bail for Detemple on his latest charges at $250,000 cash. A preliminary hearing is slated for Tuesday in Hollidaysburg District Court.