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8 arrested on child porn charges in Reading (PHOTOS)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Berks County authorities have arrested 8 men and are searching for two more in a county-wide child porn sweep.

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Reading County District Attorney John Adams says a 4-month investigation found evidence of the individuals either possessing or distributing child porn.

He says all 10 are being charged separately.

Investigators were able to identify four of the victims after sifting through thousands of images. They say the victims ranged in ages from one to five years old. Two of the victims reside in Berks County and two reside in Chester County.

If convicted, each suspect could face up to 7 years in prison, pay hefty fines, and will have to register as a sex offender.

Police released the names of the 10 suspects:

  • Brian K. Crimmins, age 48, 700 block of Tamarack Trail, Shillington

  • David A. Crimmins, age 18, 700 block of Tamarack Trail, Shillington

  • Cori J. Merklinger, age 23, 1400 block of Friedensburg Road, Reading

  • Hector L. Perez, age 20, 200 block of Arlington Street, Reading

  • Hugo D. Blanco, age 20, 1400 block of Hampden Blvd., Reading (remain at large)

  • Brett A. Correll, age 31, 1500 block off Fern Avenue, Reading (remain at large)

  • Reinerio Velazco-Mena, age 41, 1300 block of North 9th Street, Reading

  • Danny Ray Evans, Jr., age 26, 300 block of Pearl Street, Reading

  • Christopher M. Mailloux, age 22, 300 block of Pearl Street, Reading

  • Lewis V. Martinez, age 22, 900 block of Weiser Street, Reading

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