Hearing continued for West Chester man charged with child pornography

A West Chester Twp. man facing felony charges involving child pornography will not be in court until next year.

Larry Dale Staley, 58, of the 8300 block of Birchstone Court, was indicted in October by a Butler County grand jury on 20 charges. He was arraigned a week later in Butler Common Pleas Court, where Judge Charles Pater released him on his own recognizance.

Staley was scheduled to be in court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing, but that hearing was continued until Jan. 23 by Visiting Judge Thomas Herman.

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Staley is charged with 13 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony, and seven counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony.

The alleged crimes occurred on or about Feb. 16, 2016, according to the indictment. The crimes involved images downloaded and there is no indication local children were involved, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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West Chester Police executed a search warrant at Staley’s residence on Feb. 16, 2016, and “contraband was located,” according to a police report.

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