Halfway house inmate charged with having child porn on phone

ARNOLD, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania halfway house inmate has been moved to the county jail because police say they found child pornography on his cellphone.

Forty-nine-year-old Wilder Bancroft was arraigned Thursday on charges of possessing child pornography and criminal used of a cellphone.

Arnold police got a tip in March that Bancroft had porn on his phone in March while staying at Alle-Kiski Pavilion, a halfway house where inmates serving the last part of their prison sentences are sent to help them adjust to their eventual release. Police say a subsequent investigation and search revealed several pictures of naked young males engaged in sex acts.

It wasn't immediately clear what crime Bancroft was serving a sentence for at the halfway house.

Online court records don't list a defense attorney. Bancroft is now in the Westmoreland County jail.

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