Michael Shaw faces counts involving 120 videos, 1,633 pictures

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SWOYERSVILLE — Handcuffed to a leather belt, Michael Shaw was escorted to the tiny courtroom of District Judge David Barilla for a preliminary hearing Thursday on five counts of possessing child pornography.Shaw, 38, walked out facing 1,753 counts of child pornography that involves 120 videos and 1,633 pictures of children engaged in sex acts.Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Jenny Roberts amended the original criminal complaint adding the 1,747 child pornography counts against Shaw, who is also facing allegations he had inappropriately kissed a young boy.“Initially, the defendant was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography,” Roberts said. “From the time of arrest to today's date, we did uncover more images and videos of child pornography the defendant did possess.”It might not stop there.Roberts said detectives are continuing to search compact discs seized from Shaw's residence on Bennett Street in Luzerne.Shaw was arrested by county Detective Charles Balogh and Luzerne police on June 5. He remains jailed at the county prison for lack of $50,000 bail.Authorities visited Shaw's residence based on a tip that a computer in his house was used in a sexual explicit chat with a young boy. From there, authorities said they learned about Shaw kissing an 11-year-old boy and finding “a large volume” of images of child pornography on his computer and discs, Roberts said.Shaw told authorities he kissed the boy's neck up to five times a week. Several pictures of the unlawful contact were found on his computer, according to the criminal complaint.Authorities allege Shaw threatened the boy not to tell anyone.When he was arrested, Shaw told authorities, “I was acting like a full-blooded pedophile,” the complaint says.Shaw waived his right to a preliminary hearing sending 1,753 counts of child pornography to county court.
SWOYERSVILLE — Handcuffed to a leather belt, Michael Shaw was escorted to the tiny courtroom of District Judge David Barilla for a preliminary hearing Thursday on five counts of possessing child pornography.Shaw, 38, walked out facing 1,753 counts of child pornography that involves 120 videos and 1,633 pictures of children engaged in sex acts.Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Jenny Roberts amended the original criminal complaint adding the 1,747 child pornography counts against Shaw, who is also facing allegations he had inappropriately kissed a young boy.“Initially, the defendant was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography,” Roberts said. “From the time of arrest to today's date, we did uncover more images and videos of child pornography the defendant did possess.”It might not stop there.Roberts said detectives are continuing to search compact discs seized from Shaw's residence on Bennett Street in Luzerne.Shaw was arrested by county Detective Charles Balogh and Luzerne police on June 5. He remains jailed at the county prison for lack of $50,000 bail.Authorities visited Shaw's residence based on a tip that a computer in his house was used in a sexual explicit chat with a young boy. From there, authorities said they learned about Shaw kissing an 11-year-old boy and finding “a large volume” of images of child pornography on his computer and discs, Roberts said.Shaw told authorities he kissed the boy's neck up to five times a week. Several pictures of the unlawful contact were found on his computer, according to the criminal complaint.Authorities allege Shaw threatened the boy not to tell anyone.When he was arrested, Shaw told authorities, “I was acting like a full-blooded pedophile,” the complaint says.Shaw waived his right to a preliminary hearing sending 1,753 counts of child pornography to county court.
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SWOYERSVILLE — Handcuffed to a leather belt, Michael Shaw was escorted to the tiny courtroom of District Judge David Barilla for a preliminary hearing Thursday on five counts of possessing child pornography.


Shaw, 38, walked out facing 1,753 counts of child pornography that involves 120 videos and 1,633 pictures of children engaged in sex acts.


Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Jenny Roberts amended the original criminal complaint adding the 1,747 child pornography counts against Shaw, who is also facing allegations he had inappropriately kissed a young boy.


“Initially, the defendant was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography,” Roberts said. “From the time of arrest to today’s date, we did uncover more images and videos of child pornography the defendant did possess.”


It might not stop there.


Roberts said detectives are continuing to search compact discs seized from Shaw’s residence on Bennett Street in Luzerne.


Shaw was arrested by county Detective Charles Balogh and Luzerne police on June 5. He remains jailed at the county prison for lack of $50,000 bail.


Authorities visited Shaw’s residence based on a tip that a computer in his house was used in a sexual explicit chat with a young boy. From there, authorities said they learned about Shaw kissing an 11-year-old boy and finding “a large volume” of images of child pornography on his computer and discs, Roberts said.


Shaw told authorities he kissed the boy’s neck up to five times a week. Several pictures of the unlawful contact were found on his computer, according to the criminal complaint.


Authorities allege Shaw threatened the boy not to tell anyone.


When he was arrested, Shaw told authorities, “I was acting like a full-blooded pedophile,” the complaint says.


Shaw waived his right to a preliminary hearing sending 1,753 counts of child pornography to county court.


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