Mont Clare Man Faces Child Pornography Charges

MONT CLARE PA – A Nov. 18 (2020; Wednesday) preliminary hearing has been set for a 34-year-old Mont Clare resident arrested by Montgomery County detectives for allegedly possessing images of child pornography, according to county District Attorney Kevin R. Steele.

Alan Jordan faces 100 felony counts of possessing child pornography, and 100 counts of criminal use of a communications facility, Steele said. He was arraigned Wednesday (Nov. 4) before Magisterial District Judge Richard H. Welsh, who set bail at $50,000 unsecured, with the provision that Jordan was to have no contact with children. Welsh also is scheduled to preside at the preliminary hearing.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Ruth, who leads the district attorney’s Family Protection Unit, will prosecute the case.

Steele reported the county Detectives Bureau received a tip April 16 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Google account holder had uploaded two images of child pornography. An investigation of the account led detectives to obtain its computer IP address, which they said was traced to Jordan’s residence.

A search warrant was served there June 18. When Jordan allegedly refused to open the door, police had to force their entry, Steele said. As they entered, detectives claim they found him attempting to hide his cellphone.

They then secured his electronic devices, including a cell phone that was locked. Detectives said Jordan refused to provide its password. The phone was later unlocked using what was described as “a specialized service,” and a forensic analysis found it contained 242 images of boys and girls engaged in sexual acts and in sexual poses. Some appeared to be infants or toddlers.

Major crimes detectives from the bureau, joined by specially trained and sworn detectives from police departments in the county, routinely work with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to investigate Internet crimes that exploit children, Steele explained.