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Smithfield Twp man latest child porn arrest

June 19, 2014

Stephen Dondero, 43, of Smithfield Township, was arrested this morning following a search warrant at his home in the Milford Commons apartment complex.

Detectives, accompanied by the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI, arrived at Dondero’s home armed with a search warrant following a several month investigation into Dondero's activity on a popular file sharing network where he was sharing child pornography.

A precursory examination of Dondero’s computer revealed over 1,000 videos of child pornography involving children as young as 8 years old.  

Dondero subsequently confessed to using the Internet to download and re-share child pornography.

Dondero was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Brian Germano and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.  His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in front of Judge Germano.


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May 20, 2014

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Criminal Case File Highlights

Dominique Smith, 19, of Tobyhanna, was sentenced to 6 to 18 years in prison for shooting a girl in Coolbaugh township two years ago during a drug deal gone bad near A Pocono Country Place.  Smith was originally charged with attempted murder, but pled guilty to aggravated assault.  

Assistant District Attorney Chad Martinez prosecuted the case.

Cynthia Hartopp, 29, a former art teacher at the East Stroudsburg North High School, pled guilty to institutional sexual assault and was sentenced to 15 to 48 months in prison for having a sexual relationship with two students.

Assistant District Attorney  Michael Rakaczewski prosecuted the case.

Frank Bianco, 38, of Tannersville, and a former EMT with local ambulance corps, who had pled guilty to attempting have sex with a 15 year old female during an undercover online sex sting, was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney  Michael Rakaczewski  prosecuted the case.

Joseph Shuman, 25, of Tobyhanna, pled nolo contendere to attempted homicide, arson and recklessly endangering another person. He was sentenced to 10.5 to 21 years in prison for intentionally disabling a fire alarm and setting fire to a residence while 4 deaf individuals were asleep inside.

Assistant District Attorney Kimberly A. Butts prosecuted the case.

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