LEWISBURG — A Middleburg man was arrested Wednesday on accusations he uploaded three images of child pornography to an online chat room.

Joshua Ray Tittle, 30, is charged by Special Agent Brittany E. Lauck of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General with three counts of dissemination of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

According to arrest papers, Tittle admitted using a laptop computer at his home in Franklin Township, Snyder County, to view, save and upload sexually explicit images of female minors. Lauck said the alleged crimes date to November 2016.

Tittle was arraigned by on-call Lewisburg District Judge Leo Armbruster. Bail was set at $1,000 — 10 percent of $10,000. However, Tittle was expected to be held at Snyder County Prison, Selinsgrove, ahead of a bail hearing today before Middleburg District Judge Lori Hackenberg.

A search warrant was served at Tittle’s home Wednesday morning where Tittle’s electronic devices were seized for a full forensic review.

Lauck received a tip in March from an online chat service that a suspected image of child pornography was uploaded to the site. A fellow special agent, Gordon Goodrow, was already investigating two additional reports to the same Internet Protocol address linked to Tittle.

Tittle initially denied the accusation in an interview, with audio recorded, at his home. Lauck said Tittle subsequently agreed to speak with Goodrow without an audio record of the conversation, where he reportedly confessed to the special agent that he viewed the child pornography — using the website to download images posted by other users and also upload images.

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