The Berks County District Attorney’s Office announced that a Mohrsville man has been arrested on child pornography charges.
Herbert Cravener, 74, Mohrsville, has been charged with sexual abuse of children related to the dissemination and possession of child pornography.
On Aug. 17, 2018, the Berks County Detective’s Office received a complaint from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (N.C.M.E.C.). This complaint involved Child Pornography file-sharing, utilizing Facebook.
The Berks County Detectives learned that Facebook reported to N.C.M.E.C. that a purported 14-year-old boy was utilizing Facebook to send nude images of himself to another Facebook user. Furthermore, the digital images involving suspected child pornography were uploaded to the Internet through a specific I.P. address.
On Sept. 5, 2018, through investigation and the service of an Administrative Subpoena upon the Internet Service Provider, the Berks County Detectives learned that the I.P. address was associated with Herbert Cravener.
On Oct. 3, 2018, members of the the Berks County Detectives Office executed a Search Warrant at Cravener’s residence in Mohrsville, Berks County. As a result of this Search Warrant, the Berks County Detectives seized a number of electronic devices during the search. Cravener was present and later admitted that he created this account and purported to be a 14-year-old boy, but stated he did not remember uploading any child pornography to his account.
A forensic examination was conducted on all the electronic devices. The forensic examination yielded numerous digital images and videos of suspected child pornography.
On March 6, 2019, the Berks County Detectives Office filed criminal charges against Cravener at Magisterial District Judge Brian Strand’s Office.
The defendant surrendered to the Berks County Detectives at their office. He was accompanied by his attorney.
Cravener, was escorted to the Central Processing Center and turned over to the Berks County Sheriff’s Department. He will be fingerprinted and photographed.
At the time of this press release, the defendant is awaiting his video preliminary arraignment which by M.D.J. Strand.
A Criminal Complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.