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Library Incident Leads To Investigation, Child Pornography Charges

July 29, 2014

Larry Alexander

Staff Writer

Habitual sex offender Andrew Paul Spedden is back in jail, once again charged with possession of child pornography.

Spedden, 42, of the 800 block of Columbia Avenue, was charged with two counts for being in possession of child pornography and one count for delivering or disseminating child pornography, investigators said.

According to police, officers responded to a call from Lancaster Public Library in April saying that Spedden, who is a registered sex offender under Megan's Law, was looking at pornographic images on a library computer.

City police requested assistance from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law-enforcement arm of the Postal Service, and a postal inspector initiated an undercover investigation.

Over the course of the monthslong investigation, police said, Spedden agreed to trade child pornography with an undercover investigator.

On Saturday, Spedden met with an undercover investigator and passed along numerous images of child pornography from a digital- storage device in exchange for two DVDs that contained child pornography.

Spedden was arrested after the exchange and taken to the Lancaster city police station.

Police said that after Spedden's arrest, investigators recovered more images of child pornography and seized other electronic devices in Spedden's possession that will be analyzed by computer forensic experts.

Spedden was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

According to newspaper records, Spedden is a habitual sex offender.

In February 2012, he was caught viewing pornography at a local CareerLink office.

At that time, Lancaster County Judge James Cullen ordered Spedden to prison for 1 to 2 years for a parole violation, one in a long string dating back to 2005.

Spedden, who has called himself a "love and sex addict," has violated parole at least four times since being released from his initial prison sentence back in 2005.

In 2003, he was jailed for having what was then the largest collection of child pornography ever found here by police, officials said.

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Source: Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA)

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