A 27-year old Bangladeshi national living in Lycoming County without a visa was booked on 24 second degree felony counts of child pornography last week, court documents stated.
Ahmed Mehran Sumit was accused of receiving internet images and videos depicting child pornography while living at his girlfriend's parents' house in Allenwood, Pa. He reportedly has been living there for the past year and a half.
The affidavit by Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crime Unit Trooper Jeffrey Kowalski stated that Sumit received the photographs via Facebook and stored videos on the hard drive of his ASUS laptop.
On Feb. 2, 2018, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a report from Facebook that a user with the screen name ashlynn.smith.77770 had received five photographs depicting child pornography, according to Kowalski.
The user data was forwarded through a NCMEC Cyber Tip Report to the Pennsylvania State Police Northeast Computer Crime Taskforce for further investigation.
Trooper Kowalski searched for the IP address in a public database known as the American Registry of Internet Numbers. He matched the IP address to an internet service provider: Windstream Communications LLC.
Police submitted administrative subpoenas and received the customer's name and address, which led investigators to a family home in Washington Township, Lycoming County, Kowalski wrote.
Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Andrew Petros and Jeffrey Kowalski interviewed Sumit at the service address on Aug. 5, 2019.
"Sumit acknowledged his Ashylnn Smith username Facebook account and admitted he used it to 'troll' people over the internet," Trooper Kowalski wrote.
"When questioned about the flagged Facebook activity, Sumit indicated that he did not recall this specific event but admitted to viewing approximately 10 to 20 images of child pornography on his computer," the affidavit stated.
Sumit, whose previous address was listed as Lycoming College, was booked into the Lycoming County Prison on Apr. 29, 2019.
He was unable to post the $250,000 straight bail set by Muncy Magisterial District Judge Jon E. Kemp.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement were aware of Sumit's undocumented status and would also detain him, according to court notes.
Sumit was still being held at the Lycoming County Prison today.
He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Muncy Magisterial District Judge Jon E. Kemp on Sept. 6, 2019.