Windber man sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for child porn

February 12, 2019 GMT

A 24-year-old Windber man was sentenced Monday to 10 to 20 years in state prison followed by seven years probation for sharing child sexual abuse on a social media platform and on his cellphone.

Eric Channel, Paint Street, pleaded guilty on Dec. 11 to 12 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a cellphone.

Instagram alerted authorities to child pornography on the site in January 2018. The service provided authorities with eight video and image files depicting abuse, including one showing a child bound with rope. The IP address for the account traced back to Channel, according to court documents.

Agents of the state attorney general’s office searched Channel’s residence in February 2018 and confiscated cellphones and a laptop computer.

Channel has been incarcerated in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond since Feb. 27, 2018. He was given credit for 350 days of time served at his sentencing. He must pay a $200 fine and submit to DNA testing.

His defense attorney is David Joel Shrager of Pittsburgh. Senior Deputy Attorney General Chuck Washburn was the attorney for the prosecution.