A Henryville man is free on bail following his arrest Wednesday morning at his Pocono Township home.
On Wednesday morning, detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney and the Pocono Township Police Department arrived at the home of Serdar Alpar, 43, armed with a search warrant. The search of Alpar’s home was the culmination of an investigation that began in September by the District Attorney’s Office as part of their continued commitment to combatting the online sexual exploitation of children. Detective Brian Webbe of the District Attorney’s Office lead the investigation, and says Alpar used of peer-to-peer file sharing software to download and share videos of children – some as young as 5 or 6 years old - engaged in sex acts with adults.
The several week long investigation led investigators to develop evidence that the child pornography videos were being shared from a computer at Alpar’s home. During the subsequent search of the home, detectives located and seized the computer that investigators identified as the computer used to share the child pornography. Alpar, who was home at the time of the search, told investigators that the computer was his and members of his family used different computers. Alpar also told investigators that on several occasions he had inadvertently downloaded child pornography while attempting to download adult pornography, and would delete those files as soon as he realized what they were.
Detectives say that’s not entirely true. Evidence that Alpar specifically searched for files by using common child pornography phrases was found on his computer, and those search terms will almost exclusively result in locating videos and pictures of child pornography, according to officials.
A full forensic examination of Alpar’s computers is currently being conducted, and detectives say that they expect to find additional evidence, including the child pornography videos that Alpar claims to have deleted.
Detectives say they also located a large marijuana plant growing in the finished basement of the home, in an area that Alpar’s 11 year old daughter would have certainly known of its presence and had access to it.
Alpar faces charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography, as well as possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, corruption of minors, and other related crimes.
He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge JoLana Krawitz of Snydersville, and is free on $50,000 bail. The preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 18th at 10:00 A.M. in front of Magisterial District Judge Thomas Olsen of Tannersville.