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State, Federal Investigators Find Child Pornography on Clarion Man’s Cellphone

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 @ 03:12 PM

Posted by Dylan Cyphert

ruschel-mugCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Clarion man landed in the county jail on Wednesday after state and federal investigators uncovered dozens of child pornography images on his cellphone.

Travis Wayne Ruschel, 40, is facing 15 counts of third-degree felony Child Pornography, one third-degree felony count of Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, and one second-degree count of Failure to Provide Accurate Information (Megan’s Law.)

According to a criminal complaint filed late Wednesday morning by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joseph Streyle, members of the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Computer Crimes Task Force served a search warrant at Ruschel’s 505 Maxwell Road apartment on August 25 after they received a “Cyber Tip” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in relation to possible child pornography on Ruschel’s cellphone.

Investigators said an administrative subpoena revealed that Ruschel, who is a registered sex offender, was allegedly downloading child pornography via the device.

Ruschel was not at his residence when the police executed the search warrant; however, members of the task force seized multiple hard drives and tablet devices.

According to the criminal complaint, police located Ruschel at his workplace, and he provided his cellphone to investigators.

“Ruschel also provided a full recorded confession to downloading child pornography on his cellphone,” said Trooper Streyle in the criminal complaint.

Ruschel also told police that he is registered on Kik, an instant messaging mobile application. As a registered sex offender, Ruschel is required to provide that information to the state police when he updates his sex offender information.

A search warrant was issued to extract data off of Ruschel’s cellphone. The extraction revealed 89 photos of prepubescent child pornography, according to the criminal complaint.

Ruschel was arraigned Wednesday at 10:17 a.m. before District Judge Timothy P. Schill.

He was placed in the Clarion County Jail after failing to post $100,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 19 at 10:00 a.m. with Judge Schill presiding.

Ruschel, a Tier 3 sex offender, was convicted in 2005 on Aggravated Indecent Assault charges.

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