3 men arrested for possession of child pornography following investigation

The Berks County District Attorney’s Office announced this week that they have charged three men following an investigation into possession of child pornography.

According to Detectives, between May and September of 2022, the Berks County Detective’s Office received three separate referrals from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (N.C.M.E.C.), involving Child Pornography file sharing utilizing various internet/web applications.

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As a result, Berks County Detectives initiated three separate criminal investigations. Detectives say the investigations ultimately linked the defendants to the specific internet/web accounts being utilized to file share in child pornography.  

The Berks County Detective’s Office executed Search Warrants at the residences of each defendant. As a result of these search warrants, electronic device(s) were seized from each location. A forensic analysis conducted on the electronic item(s) seized from theses residences resulted in the recovery of numerous digital files (images and videos) of child pornography.

Adam Weinsteiger Arrest: On Monday, August 21, 2023, 29-year-old Adam Weinsteiger of Reading was charged with one count of Sexual Abuse of Children related to the Possession of Child Pornography as well as one count of Criminal Use of a Communications Facility.

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On Tuesday, Weinsteiger surrendered to members of the Berks County Detectives. He was arraigned on these charges by Magisterial District Judge Sandra L. Fegley. His bail was set at $50,000.  He will be fingerprinted and photographed.

Edwin M. Gual Arrest: On Monday, August 21, 2023, 28-year-old Edwin M. Gual of Reading was charged with one count of Sexual Abuse of Children related to the Possession of Child Pornography.

On Tuesday, Gual was arrested by members of the Berks County Detectives. He taken to the Central Processing Center located at the Berks County Courthouse and was arraigned on these charges by Magisterial District Judge Carissa Johnson. His bail was set at $100,000. He will be fingerprinted and photographed.

Victor Batista-Sanchez Arrest: On Monday, August 21, 2023, 20-year-old Victor Batista-Sanchez of the Bronx, NY, (formerly of Reading) was charged with one count of Sexual Abuse of Children related to the Possession of Child Pornography, one count of Sexual Abuse of Children related to the Dissemination of Child Pornography, and count of Criminal Use of a Communications Facility.

On Tuesday, Batista-Sanchez surrendered to members of the Berks County Detectives. He was arraigned on these charges by Magisterial District Judge Priscilla Campos. At the time of this release no bail was set. He will be fingerprinted and photographed.

A Criminal Complaint is an accusation. Each of the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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