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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Coudersport Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

A Coudersport man was charged with three felony counts of Sexual Abuse of Children, Possession of Child Pornography and three counts of Criminal Use Of A Communications Facility, also felonies.

James P. Steiner, 41, of 39 Elk Street, Coudersport, was arrested Wednesday morning.

State Police issued this statement tonight, "The Pennsylvania State Police Troop F--Coudersport Station and the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crimes Unit served search warrants for computerized child pornography being possessed by the accused. It was determined that the accused was in possession of child pornography at his residence. He has been charged with the above listed charges in conjunction with this investigation. The investigation is ongoing."

State police listed the victim of the crime as "Unknown children depicted in the digitized child pornography"

Steiner was arraigned in front of District Justice Annette Easton. Bail was set at $25,000.00 unsecured and Steiner was released. He is being represented by Attorney Robert Kuhl.

James Steiner is the Emergency Management Coordinator at the Potter County Department of Emergency Services, and a respected paramedic with area ambulance squads.

State Police could offer no additional information when contacted tonight and Steiner's cell phone went unanswered.

UPDATE:On Thursday afternoon, Solomon's words requested and received a copy of the Criminal Complaint and Affidavit of Probable Cause filed with District Judge Annette Easton's office.

In that complaint, Trooper James P. Yoder of the Coudersport PSP Barracks alleges (briefly summarized by editor) that Christy Steiner and James Steiner had had marital problems starting about two years ago.

Christy Steiner had consulted with Pastor/Counselor Joseph Beckley about Jim wanting her to engage in sexual acts that she was not comfortable with. Beckley asked Christy if Jim had been viewing pornography. When asked, Jim denied that he was.

Christy was instructed by Beckley how to check the history on Jim's computer and for a 4 month period, she emailed the addresses from the history to Beckley, so he could view the sites visited and determine if they were porn sites. In late 2008, they both councilled with Beckley.

Christy Steiner stated that she is currently separated from her husband and that Jim had moved out around May 2nd or 3rd. Christy alleges that the week of May 4th, she found some disks at her home in a room used by Jim as an office. Upon viewing the disk, which was full of porn, she noticed at least 2 images on the disk which she felt portrayed someone under 13 years old.

She took the disk to Pastor Joseph Beckley who viewed the disk and determined that there were 3 and possible five of the pictures that were of girls between 8 and 12 years of age.

On May 28th, Pastor Beckley accompained Christy Steiner to the Coudersport State Police Barracks with the disk. Trooper Yoder and Corp. Sean Batterson viewed the disk and agreed at least two of the pictures were young girls.

Trooper Yoder printed 3 of the pictures, and consulted a Coudersport pediatrician, who determined 2 were aproximately 11 to 12 years old and the other about 10.

On Wednesday, Jim Steiner was interviewed at the PSP Barracks in Coudersport, read his miranda rights, and admitted to downloading one of the pictures involved to a disk.

He was charged with 3 felony counts of Sexual Abuse Of Children, Possession of
Child Pornography. The victims of the charges were the unknown digitized children in the pictures. Viewing and possessing the child pornography was the reason for the charges. There were no other children involved in these charges.

He was also charged with companion felonies--3 counts of Crimimal Use Of A Communications Facility, which were filed because he allegedly used a computer to download the pictures.

Editor's note--I rejected comments today which indicated that James Steiner had been charged with Sexual Abuse Of Children AND Possession Of Child Pornography as the charges are only for possessing child pornography and that is considered sexual abuse of children. A New York TV Station had erroneously separated the charges leading one to surmise that there was more involved than possessing the pictures.

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Anonymous said...

Jim,

Just wanted to let you know not everyone in this town will turn their backs on you. Keep the faith my friend. I'm here for you.

love ya,

Mary

Anonymous said...

and yet, he has quite the convenient job-watch CNN lately?

Anonymous said...

seems to be that people in these position are the one's who tend to abuse it.............not necessarly making a judgement call, but Yes, Jim is a great guy, but it makes you second guess his motive.......WHY?????????

Anonymous said...

Say it isn't so..... PLEASE..

Anonymous said...

Jim seemed a good man. I don't know him well personally but I do know he is a family man, a community man and someone well respected.

I certainly hope as sinners we can all sympathize with him and retain our respect for him. This story doesn't diminish my respect for him in the least.

We all have skeletons in our closets. Pause before you cast the first stone at him, you don't even know what this is all about.

Judge not lest ye be judged.

Anonymous said...

what the hell is wrong with people?

John Q Public said...

So Mary....what you are saying is that you support people that dabble in child pornography? It is because of people like you that criminals don't get punished for their crimes. I would bet that you would feel differently if one of the pictures was of your child.....

Anonymous said...

how can someone stick up for a guy who looks at children in a sexual manor? It was probably only a matter of time before he tried something with a kid because the porn wasn't enough. I don't know this pervert, but someone who looks at child porn is just as sick as someone who molests a child.

Anonymous said...

he is just sick!!! what is wrong with people! they are innocent children. i think the bail should have been so much more. he needs to be locked up for what he is doing.

Ryan said...

we should turn our backs on you. you are just the type of person we don,t need around here

Anonymous said...

Jim,
You are a good man. We are all praying for you. Stay strong.

Anonymous said...

Keep the FAITH? What kind of a background check was done on this import? Sick, sick, sick!

Anonymous said...

yea mary...from one felon to another,( yes that was sarcasim.).....there is no excuse for having or wanting to look at child pornography other than you are a sick man and need to get help....may god forgive you

Anonymous said...

I can't believe this. I live on Mockingbird Lane & have children who ride their bikes in that area. I trusted him around them. What do you teach your children? Not to even trust emergency personnel. WHAT A SHAME!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is very disgusting!! What is this town coming to? Are my children safe anywhere? School? Day care? People like this need there "manhood" chopped right off!!

Anonymous said...

sick, just sick, pure plain and simple

Anonymous said...

Jim;
Been down this road before with someone else, and just do not believe it is true of you. I believe everyone is innocent until they are proven guilty and then there are mistakes made. Your true friends will always be with you no matter what. We will keep you in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Yes Jim, people will turn their backs on you. You're a sick man. I would like to punch you in the teeth.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am really shocked to read this, but if it is true then he should not be treated any different than any other individual accused of this crime just because of his status in the community.

Anonymous said...

Your point being...?

Anonymous said...

I would hope that everyone will remember that Jim is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Jim has done much for this County and the people within the County. Jim stay strong. You have friends that will support you.

Dave

Anonymous said...

Sounds like something a mean wife would do during a nasty divorce... So sorry for what you're going through Jim, the truth will prevail ..

Anonymous said...

The only thing I can say is, Jim you should have chosen a hot shot Philly lawyer for this one..

Anonymous said...

if you don't believe it is true then why was it on his computer? it's not on mine. is it on yours?

Anonymous said...

Did any of you ever hear of innocent until proven guilty? And even if he is guilty, don't let it overshadow other emergency services workers. There are men and women who are "sick" in every field, from teachers to clergy. Lets not give a bad name to all EMS and/or FIRE personnel.

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Why do people automatically decide someone charged with a crime is always guilty of those crimes. Mistakes are made by law enforcement also. Have you ever taken a picture of your child or grandchild running around in a sprinkler with no diaper on. That can be called child pornography if you want to get something on someone. Look at the pictures on your computer and make sure your not guilty. I know Jim and have a hard time believing this but I certainly would like all the facts before I send him up the river.

Anonymous said...

suppose someone sends child pornography to your cell phone via text pix message and you look at it unknowingly does that make you guilty no, but in the eyes ofr the try to explain why its there expecially when to whole town knows about it. suppose your let your teenage nephew use your computer and he looks up child pornography you dont know about it the police raid your computer find it there you go again your guilty, i hope that these are possible explinations for this, i have always thought highly of jim. I would hate to think this is true.

Anonymous said...

Got to love that internet .....

Anonymous said...

Post 8:36am

The police had warants, apparently they had enough evidance to arrest him, GUILTY as charged!!

Anonymous said...

You people can stick up for him all you want. His life is over. They confiscated his computer. All they have to do is find one image of a child in a sexual act and he's done. He is going to spend time in prison, have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, lose his job, and never be able to go out in public in that small town again. It's over Jimbo. You bought the farm when you clicked "download."

P.S. Why don't some of you bible thumpers say a few prayers for the kids he was fantasizing over? They need it more than he does. He made a decision. They are being abused.

Anonymous said...

Jim stay strong bud!

Anonymous said...

I am not standing up for or against Mr. Steiner. I will ask you this question........if there was child porn found on his computer, do we as the public know if HE actually put it there or did someone else put it there? There is a history in the one volunteer service that Mr. Steiner belonged to where some female juveniles thought a good revenge on their superiors was to make false allegations, these allegations were finally found to be the fabrication of revenge. If you had any type of porn on your computer, who would know unless someone put it there to frame you. Again, not supporting or finding him guilty, but Mr. Steiner does have a clean criminal record otherwise he would never have been hired by PC EMS or would he maintain his EMT-P license. Maybe Mr. Steiner's ex-wife wants to make sure she keeps custody of their children.........makes you wonder doesn't it? Who else would have access to his personal computers? Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to "innocent until they are proven guilty"? All of you people that are crucifying this man need to go look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’ve been an angel all of your life you’ve NEVER done anything wrong. Never driven drunk or while under age. Never had sex before you were married and of age. Yeah I know you’re gonna say “but it isn’t the same”. No, it never is when it’s YOU….. maybe this could be YOU. So stop behaving like the munch of morons that you are and SHUT UP!

Anonymous said...

This was an eye opener this morning when I sat down to do some banking and have some coffee.. This can't be.. I just don't believe this.. I agree with th 8:55 poster .. Sounds like a set up to me.. Anyone that knows Jim, knows he's a wonderful father , friend and serves the community proudly.. Wether he is guilty or innocent his life is ruined forever... Because in good old Potter County it's not "innocent until proven guilty" ... it's just "GUILTY" .. I hope that who ever has done this to him gets found out about & pays 10 fold.

Anonymous said...

Looks like this issue has touched a nerve with the 10:02am post!

Driving drunk/Child Porn - Hmmmmm... I see a difference, so you SHUT UP!

Anonymous said...

This charge includes anyone under the age of 18. We dont know the facts!

Ryan said...

any of those things you said are no were near the same as child pornography get a life this needs to go up the river point blank

Anonymous said...

AMEN TO THE 10:02 POSTER ..

Anonymous said...

Bob Kuhl,
I hope you do everything in your power to take good care of Jim. Please don't let this nightmare land him in a cell for years.

Nicole said...

Having sex before your married is a lot different than LOOKING AT CHILD PORN!! that is the most disgusting thing ever~ the poor children.. this man should be locked up for life.. its just as bad as molesting a child.. SICK SICK SICK.. what is wrong with you people.. if you support him he thinks it is ok just to go and do it again.. he will never learn anything... he needs to have his man hood cut right off.. SICK SICK SICK !!! so disgusting

Anonymous said...

..and I quote

"All of you people that are crucifying this man need to go look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’ve been an angel all of your life you’ve NEVER done anything wrong."

I for one, have never participated in kiddy porn. Man, I'd like to punch you in the face for supporting this pedafile.

Anonymous said...

I myself think he looks like a pervert.

That being said,
Say he had his internet to allow wireless connections and someone who was connected to this was surfing kiddy porn. That would show up as being from his IP address. So it is possible that it wasn't him but someone connected to his wireless network.

If this is impossible then someone with amore computer knowledge please inform us otherwise.

This may be something for the police to check into or his attorney.

Anonymous said...

10:02 poster--
Well, there is a difference between looking at child pornography and having a beer underage.

Both are wrong, but one is just sick.

And I'm not in the group of "munch of morons", I'm in the group that has a hard time believing that if there was child porn found on his computer and the police had a warrant, that he wasn't the one looking at it.

Anonymous said...

Just relax ....

Let's give this situation the time needed and then we'll see what unfolds.

The truth will come out ....

Anonymous said...

I will be the first to say I would normally be saying guilty to anyone who does this.

BUT

There is something fishy going on here, he is no dummie. He or anyone for that matter would have something like that on his WORK computer, no way, no how...especially with him working so much with the general public on a daily basis.

I am ALWAYS the first to hang someone for something they have done like this, But something is not right with all this.

I ask that you all wait and see what the facts are before hanging him, for all he has done for the community he does deserve some respect.

Try and keep an open mind...Please.

Anonymous said...

I'm just a bit curious who the prosecutor is going to be. Dawn Fink should stand down on this being that it is one of her employees. Also this should probably be held out of county being Jim is so well known in this county. This would only be fair to him.

Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty said...

Jim is being set up here no doubt about it. It is a bunch of bs that every time something happens like this everyone wants to throw them under the bus. So the countless lives and homes saved by this man have no importance all of a sudden cause of bull sh** allegations give me a break

Anonymous said...

Scenarios abound, however, the fact remains that there was an arrest in this case, preliminary evidence was presented, verified and legitimized by a search warrant. I find it hard to believe that this was a case of 'knee jerk' reaction by the State Police, given that information was provided by the Computer Crimes Unit. Keep an open mind. If the facts are true, Mr. Steiner will need more than friendship, he will need punishment and therapy to allow him, and his family, to move forward. I will not pray for Mr. Steiner, but pray for honesty, justice and integrety in this case.

Anonymous said...

I worked with Jim for years when I used to live in PA. I hope this isn't true. Stay strong Jim.

Kris Miller

Anonymous said...

it's on his computer! so what! that does not mean he put it
there!
that's like saying there's dog poop in his yard he must have a dog.
innocent until proven guilty, not assumed guilty only by what you read on this website.

Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous. People are looking for any excuse for Jim to be innocent.

"His wife probably did it"
"Who knows who put it there"

Blah Blah Blah

Why do we always look for excuses for people who horrible things? If this was someone else, he would probably be dead already.

Anonymous said...

For those of you that doubt Jim and automatically pass judgment on him due to that fact that you read a headline – you yourself have fallen victim to the simplistic mindset of what the media wants you to believe about someone that is ultimately innocent until “proven” guilty. Hey, just because it is in the newspaper and on TV, it must be true – right? My statement to these people is “ignorance reflects the true idiot in one’s self”. Anyone ever think the he was “falsely” accused??? Don’t be ignorant people!

Jim has dedicated his life to protecting his community. He is a good man, family man, and an outstanding father. He is the type of person that would give anything he has to someone in need and would go without to ensure that person was taken care of.

Jim, stay strong my friend. My prayers are with you. I know and your true friends know that what has been charged is false.

Anonymous said...

Where did this happen at Coudersport right!

Anonymous said...

Jim,
If you are innocent of these terrible charges, I feel sorry for you because your reputation has been forever ruined, but if you are guilty, I hope you pay a price in jail for your crimes.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe Jimmy did it!!! I believe THE WIFE SET HIM UP!!!

Stay tough Jim!

Anonymous said...

If he's innocent of these charges, I really feel sorry for him because his reputation and life have been ruined, but if he's guilty, I hope they find a "special" jail cell for him.

Anonymous said...

What happens is The Computer Crimes Unit with the help of many other third party watchdog groups monitor internet activity for transmission of these images and movies. Once they see a pattern they start tracking the source and distination IP addresses. If they got a warrant to confiscate and charge then there was undoubtedly images being transmitted to that machine. It doesn't really matter if someone else downloaded if the computer belongs to Jim. If you buy something from someone and it's stolen you can be charged with possession of stolen property even though you didn't know it was stolen. It's YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find out whether or not it is. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure there are no illegal images on YOUR computer. If there are then you can be charged regardless of who put them there.

Anonymous said...

Hey - don't forget the "Unibomber" at Human Services - He was innocent!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, let's bring out the lynch mod and hang the man before there's been a trail and any information is known. Typical Potter County. Law enforcement is not infalable, they make mistakes as well, not often but they do. Let due process occur before throwing stones.

Anonymous said...

What is this? Jim is my friend, therefore he is not guilty. Did the butler do it in the drawing room with a candlestick? Let's keep an open mind here. Bad things happen to good people. I do not know what is in his heart, only he knows and will be judged by that alone.

Anonymous said...

Where were all of you support group people last year when a local man was accused, tried and convicted of sexual crimes against his own daughter? Was it because he was just a regular Joe so he must be guilty? As it turns out the daughter has recanted her accusations and admitted she made it up (probably a case of coercion on someone’s part).

Ok, so why now all this support for Jim? Is it because you truly believe he is innocent or is it because those of you who have personnel friendships with him can’t believe that you have stood along side this man while impure thoughts may have ran through his mind while watching your children, grandchildren etc. play?

After a particular incident a few years back Jim made the comment to me that “you never know what a person is truly capable of” and this is the thought that has ran through my mind over and over as I read this article multiple times.

I’m not saying he is innocent or guilty, that is up to a court of law; not the court of public opinion!

Anonymous said...

I just think this is some odd timeing for all of this to go down. He just moved out of the family home a few weeks ago. and I know his wife works for our D.A. I know both Jim and his wife, very nice lovely people. I will keep both them and their families in my prayers cause guilty or not guilty this is something that they will all have to live with the rest of their lives.
God Bless us all

Anonymous said...

Folks, we don't know many details on this yet. Child pornographers are sick people, but we don't know what was on this computer, nor do we know if Jim was even the person who put it there. It's too early to convict anyone. Take pause, get ALL THE FACTS before jumping to any conclusions.

Anonymous said...

Jim,
Guilty or not, God still loves you, just like He still loves all those judgemental people in this blog.

Whether you are guilty or not, God forgives, therefore, I will forgive. I may not agree with what you "may" have done, but it's not my place to judge you. I am called to pray for you according to the Bible, God's Holy Word. Anyone who criticizes us "bible thumpers" should ask God for mercy.
God will judge us, just as we judge others and he will forgive us as we forgive others. As for me, when I stand before God Almighty, I don't want to have Him tell me He won't have mercy on me, since I didn't have mercy on my fellow man (or woman). And if this was my child involved, I hope I would continue with the same attitude. I hope I never have to find out, but I do know God can work all things for the good of those who love Him.
Mary

Anonymous said...

I would just like to remind you all of every time Jim got on the radio and responded to calls at 4am when he should have been sleeping only to help the medic who was working. How many times has he volunteered at all hours of the night for no other reason than the goodness of his heart. I know who wrote some of these comments and all I have to say is... There was a grandmother, she wouldn't have made it without him. There was a teenager having seizures... 3am he was there volunteering his time... and finally there was a wife she was on the very edge of death....bloody, broken and wet. Even after we thought there was no hope he kept pushing us and himself. He wouldn't give up on any of you. It's funny how quick you are to forget all the good things he's done for you. I'm not all about framing, but even if he did do it. It's still the same guy we know and love. I've got some dirty secrets, and some old skeletons. I think you all do to. I for one do not condone child pornography but I wouldn't think twice about walking beside jim into a church. I will stand by the fact that I believe he is innocent until proven guilty and the fact that I knew this man then and I know him now. I don't care what he's done... it's still just Jim.

&&& His wife is just ridiculousness on a stick. She mine as well not even be involved. I don't think she would have the guts.

Anonymous said...

Along with some of the other more level headed folks posting here, I'm not "for" or "against" Jim Steiner. But do any of you remember a few years back when the cops busted Pete Townsend of The Who for the same charge? Turns out he's actually quite a crusader against child porn, and was involved in gathering evidence to shut down some sites, which led to the "evidence" that got him arrested.

I think I'll wait to hear more of the facts before I say anything else.

Anonymous said...

How come when someone goes through a divorce you always blame the other person I care alot for Jim, and i hope if he is guilty he gets the help to get over this sick illness. I think you should keep his children in prayer for what is is going to do to them and his family.

Anonymous said...

I don't care if he is innocent or guilty, it there is child porn on his computer it needs to be investigated... I am sorry if his reputation is ruined and he is innocent... but the safety of children is more important than his reputation. Especially in this area...our children need protected at all costs.

Anonymous said...

i hope all of you that say he is inocent have children and when he is free maybe he will google them and then what u can all be proud parents for giving him permission to do so ......peace out

Anonymous said...

All of you sticking up for this man are just as guilty and sick as he is! Just b/c you like this guy all of a sudden you want to defend him? Lets look at the facts, HE HAD CHILD PORN ON HIS COMPUTER! Sounds like he's guilty...so unless someone else put it there, he should be treated like any other criminal. This area is notorious for condoning these acts. There are so many child predators around here and they get nothing but a slap on the wrist. I have children and I'll tell you one thing, if I ever catch someone doing something like this you won't have to worry about their reputation. You people sticking up for this man are sick sick sick, and it wouldn't surprise me if your computers had child porn on them too!

Anonymous said...

AMEN to Mary's comment at 1:01pm
It is a shame how this small town judges people so quick and assumes they are guilty right away. Do all you judgemental people in this blog know what assume stands for?

Anonymous said...

what about someone drawing off his wireless internet if he had it?

would that really show up as his IP addy?

The police have his computer and will find it if it's on there. If not then this must be the case.

Anonymous said...

Assume stands for being a dildine, thats what!
Innocent unless proven guilty.

D-- Doing whats right
I-- Will believe it when I see it
L-- Let cops do their jobs
D-- Doing whats right again
I-- Will wait for the trial
N-- Nice of everyone to judge him
E-- Enough already

Anonymous said...

Well, it appears Mr. Steiner's personal life is posted for all to view. A nasty divorce?, moving out of the family home?, etc., etc., etc. Too much information. Has it crossed anyone's mind that maybe that is the reason for the apparent demise of his marriage? A proclivity to child pornography. Many, many people in the community have given hours and hours of personal time in emergency services. Don't set Mr. Steiner up as the be all, end all in community service. And, in the news weekly is a volunteer firefighter somewhere accused of arson. One's position does not make him/her clean of though and deed. Please try to be rational here. And if you are a good friend of Mr. Steiner, support him, guilty or innocent, look in your own heart.

Anonymous said...

To the first 1:21pm Posting - The reputation or life of an innocent man, who after falsley accused, can't even find a job afterwards is never worth it.
Treating the sickness of a pedifile is even less worth it!
But, what some people here have said like "punch him in the teeth" "guilty" or whatever. Well that may be our human nature but it is wrong. Let's see this play out. remember Cyber lay is not up to the times and everyone of us humans have walked a fine line in our lives on something - what if these pictures were of a 17 year old girl who was on the web and he didn't know here age or who she was, she could be in brazil and the caption said check out 20 year old "suzy". Or a friend could have sent him a picture of there 2 year old in the bath tub and it was in his email on HIS computer and anyone from his wife to a colleague at the office or his house wanted his job or to win the divorce, We don't know what this is about yet. but my point is, lets see what this is before we hang him in the street.
Remeber for 20 years, half of you people have called for him to lay his life down if need be for you or a loved one...no matter time day or night or weather... no matter what the risk to his own life, He responded he helped you! is it possible he is guilty - yeah of course it is, anything is possible. I have to say it is a hard one to either believe or accept.
in this day and age it is way to easy to find fault then good. If he did this and is wrong well he has to pay for it. period. I have no time for anyone or any age, male or female to harm another - emotionally or physically. I am a firm believer in the death penalty. but I am also one that wants the facts before the execution not after. Remember the Salem Witch hunts. "verify be for you fry".
Just my 2 cents.
I do hope this is a bunch of Bull, for everyone's sake, and if it is false, I hope the person that did this pays as hard as Jim will if he is found to be guilty.

Ryan said...

First of all I think this guy needs locked up. I also think that anyone who wants to post to this or anything on here should put there name to it. this Anonymous stuff is for the birds.

Michael said...

Yes, 2:18. If you do not secure your wireless router with a WEP key then people living around you can log-in through your network and whatever they download will look like it's going to your house. However, if this is the case they won't find any images on Jim's machine.

Anonymous said...

People really need to learn more about the process of a computer crimes investigation. They don't just willy-nilly go after anyone...it is a long and drawn out process and they would have never went after him if they weren't positive that it was there, being transmitted and being done repeatedly. I totally agree that if it were just the regular guy thought NOBODY would care in the least. He is no different because of the position that he held. people need to let the justice system do its thing. i do however agree that this should be handled in another county, as you can see by these posts it would be impossible to find an impartial jury should it go to trial. people really do need to think about the more important issue here...the poor kids that are being abused each and every time those pictures or videos are bought, sold, traded, or transmitted. so think about the more important issue here.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Potter Countians need to be educated about the evils of child porn. In the first place, the children who pose for these photos are VICTIMS and will forever be scarred. Many of these kids are kidnapped or otherwise forced to take part in this. Secondly, well-respected studies have proven that viewing porn, esp kid porn leads to other illegal sexual behavior, often to sexual assaults on kids. Assuming that this HAS occurred (and we won't know that probably for a while), who is sticking up for our children???

Anonymous said...

Even if you secure you wireless router with WEP anyone with half a brain can still log on to your network and place images on your machine to make it look like you are been looking at child porn.

Anonymous said...

Yeah because posting as Ryan is so much better than anonymous you stupid idiot.


Jim Bob Joe

Anonymous said...

First of all Ryan..what is the difference if they make an anonymous post or leave their last name off...I know 15 Ryan's so which one of them posted the comment. Don't throw stones yet till you are sure that all your windows are open!!!

Anonymous said...

All I will say is "things are not always what they seem to be". I'm not defending or condemning him. I just hope the truth is determined and let it go from there.

Anonymous said...

You people need to shut the hell up about the dildines.

Anonymous said...

I DON'T KNOW MR.STEINER, BUT I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIS WIFE AT A CHILD MOLESTATION TRIAL, SHE STOOD BY THE CHILDREN IN THAT CASE LIKE I WOULD STAND BY MY OWN.YOU COULD NOT ASK FOR A MORE SENSITIVE PERSON, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HER AND HER CHILDREN.

Anonymous said...

All of you that stick up for him let him play with your kids OK He is Sick

Anonymous said...

What is the Commissioners' position on this arrest? Innocent until proven guilty is a good axiom, but the integrity of an employee is called into question here.

Anonymous said...

Nothing against Christie but she gets paid to stand up for the kids whether they are telling a lie and accusing someone of something that they may not have even done....people that do this are sick but I haven't seen a bit of proof yet that prooves he did it.

PS: what the hell is a dildine anyways...i've heard it mentioned a couple of times and I'm sorry but i am totally oblivious!!!

Anonymous said...

I would let him babysit my children any day he wanted to.

Anonymous said...

Listen this isnt a case of someone just saying he did something, it's obvious that they found child porn on his pc or they wouldnt have arrested him. Come on people it's obvious he had child porn. Gimme a break.

Anonymous said...

Dildine is a word made up long ago (in the Adelphia days) .. doesn't mean squat. Neither do the people using the word!!

Anonymous said...

why not just wait for the facts...your jumping to all kinds of conclusions...now some even want to blame the ex or soon to be ex..even if they can't get along she wuld have to be heartless to destroy the father of her children...come on people...

Anonymous said...

I can't believe these charges. I know this man will be proven innocent and everyone of you people that have said such horrible things will have to live with that on your conscious. I would trust my children to this man anytime.

Anonymous said...

Leave Christy out of it. I am praying for you friend.

Anonymous said...

I work in a prison with a lot of men that have been found guilty of child pornography charges. What amazes me is how short their sentences are. How many children's lives have they ruined now? This is deviant behavior and there is no total rehabilitation for these sick people. Cut the crap people, what would you do if it happened to one of your children...now get real!

Anonymous said...

Hey..I resemble that remark!!!

Anonymous said...

I HERD ABOUT THIS TODAY AND DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO BELEVE EVEN IF I WANTED TO BELEVE IT BUT I THOUGHT FOR A WHILE AND CAME TO THIS THERE WAS ENOUGH TO ARREST HIM SO THIS COULD BE TRUE I KNOW THE FAMILY JIM HAS EVEN WATCHED MY DAUGHTER FOR ME NEVER THOUGHT IN A MILLION YEARS THAT HE WOULD OR COULD DO THIS I GUESS YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW SOMONE BEHIND CLOSE DOORS

Anonymous said...

Evidence,Evidence,Evidence .
He will have his day in court. So everyone should take a wait and see
position, the evidence will tell the story! Guilty I do not know, Innocent I do not know! So I will wait and see and just as all of you must, let the chips fall where they may.

Anonymous said...

I READ SOME OF YOUR BLOGS AND IM SICK OF SOME OF THEM YOU WANT TO BLAME HIS EX WIFE IF SHE DID IT DONT YOU THINK THEY WOULD OF COME AFTER HER AND NOT JIM I KNOW HER WELL VERY WELL I KNOW HER FAMILY VERY VERY WELL AND I KNOW SHE WOULD NEVER EVER DO THIS TO JIM START BLAMMING THE RIGHT PERSON NOT HER!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Everyone one of you saying that you would trust this man with your children are the problem! It's no wonder child molesters walk in this County every week! You're all sick! and just AS GUILTY!

Anonymous said...

Why is everyone here so worried about this man's reputation? If this were someone else none of you would give a crap about their reputation!

Anonymous said...

You people are amazing.... If someone has child porn on their computer, then they put it there themselves... child porn is not something that you accidentally find and download. I was married to a pervert for years, and not a single person who knows him believes it, but they never lived with him!!! Unless you have lived with this man and know his sexual preferences through direct experience, there is no way to know for certain if he is trustworthy with children. Sexual deviants come in all shapes and sizes!!! And they need to be removed from the community and placed where they cannot be a danger to anyone. I feel very sorry for the children who have been placed in harms way by their parents.... what are the statistics? 1 in 5 children have been molested by a relative or family friend before the age of 12... the only way to prevent this is for the parents to be aware and to pay attention to what their children are doing at all times!!!

Anonymous said...

"Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crimes Unit served search warrants for computerized child pornography being possessed by the accused. It was determined that the accused was in possession of child pornography at his residence."-----------Now you wanna talk about evidence???? What more proof do you need?

Anonymous said...

Have any of you that are defending this man ever watched Nancy Grace? She talks on there all the time about how Sex Offenders end up being people you know and who you would never ever think a milion years would do something like that. There are cases like this all over the world that you hear about so it is not uncommon.

I just want to say too that if they had search warrents then they had enough evidence against him to go into his home and take his computer. The DA and Prosecuters would have to present that evidence to a judge before they got a search warrent . There had to be some major evidence there for a judge to agree to it which makes one wonder if there is a victim in this case. About the computer it will be taken to Forensics Lab where professionals will be able to pin point the times on it, which means they will be able to pin point through the computer who was on it. There is a probably a bunch of stuff that hasn't been made public that they will release.

Anonymous said...

Well,
This man has helped the community soo much! think of all the lives he has saved... Why in the world would he risk he reputation, his career, and seeing his kids, just to look at kids on the internet. We need to get all the facts, but if he saved your life, do you think he would do that, would you still stand there and think he is guilty when he is a hero in soo many peoples eyes. This man is a Nice, honest, family man. He loves his kids dearly, loves his work field, and loves Jesus Christ. If he did do it, well, God will forgive him. But honestly, think of all those lives he saved, and all those nights he went without sleep to help someone. This man would give the shirt off his back, would give EVERYTHING he has to help ANYONE in need. Why would he really hurt those kids? We all make mistakes, so if he did do it, we'll forgive him, as the BIBLE says to do. just because it is a small town, means nothing. in my eyes Jim is a hero even if he did it, because he saved so many lives, and is a good man. I hope the truth comes out of this all, because i really honestly dont believe this man could do it.. if he did, well i forgive him, as does God. Think about it, if it were YOU doing a crime, your friends would still be by your side, and his true friends are by his side. Stop going back in fourth on if he is guilty and wait till you get all the facts!!just because he is well known, everyone thinks he deserves to die or rot in jail, but he doesnt. If it were some unknown child rapist, it would even make the news. May God be with everyone involved, and just let the truth come out of all this mess!

Anonymous said...

Just because Jim has done soo much for the community doesn't mean he didn't have kiddy porn on his computer. Good for him for helping people in need .... bad for him he was getting off to kids on the computer. You all say that Potter County is so quick to judge .... ever maybe think EVERY PLACE IS THAT WAY!! Not just Potter County.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with the 6:13 post. AND, doesn't the article also state "three counts of Criminal Use Of A Communications Facility"??????? Doesn't that lead you to believe that he ALSO used his WORK computer to do illegal things relating to the charges?
I think some people started typing comments before they finished reading the first paragraph in the article. Now, maybe some of you also believe that his 'evil ex-wife' also broke into the communications facility and planted evidence there? COME ON.....WAKE UP!!!

Anonymous said...

Is an ip address linked directly to a residance? I've heard that it is more of a general location. Also , what if your on a network of several computers?

Anonymous said...

Well folks here is PA title on communication facility from what I can see it sure does not mean his work computer
Criminal use of communication facility - 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 7512
§ 7512. Criminal use of communication facility.
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits a felony of the third
degree if that person uses a communication facility to commit,
cause or facilitate the commission or the attempt thereof of any
crime which constitutes a felony under this title or under the
act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64), known as The Controlled
Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. Every instance where
the communication facility is utilized constitutes a separate
offense under this section.
(b) Penalty.--A person who violates this section shall, upon
conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $15,000
or to imprisonment for not more than seven years, or both.
(c) Definition.--As used in this section, the term
"communication facility" means a public or private
instrumentality used or useful in the transmission of signs,
signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any
nature transmitted in whole or in part, including, but not
limited to, telephone, wire, radio, electromagnetic,
photoelectronic or photo-optical systems or the mail.
(Dec. 21, 1998, P.L.1240, No.157, eff. 60 days)

TERRY said...

THEY WILL BE WAITING FOR HIM TO GO TO JAIL.HE WILL BE SOMEONES HONEY
WHEN HE GETS THERE

Anonymous said...

I have known Jim and his family for some time now. I just can't believe this. They both are wonderful people. And they have 2 of the most wonderful kids. But ever since Kristy got this job she has really changed. I know this divorce was really taking a toll on Jim. I mean look at him he has lost lke 100 pounds. I dont know if he was the one looking at child porn or if it was some one setting him up agian (yes i said again. there were 2 girls at the abulance hall that broke in his house and downloaded stuff on his computer to get back at him for telling on them) or if he really did do it. Its hard to believe. I wish him all the best and i will pray that he did not do this for i would like to think that i am pretty good at judgeing people and i will pray for his family and those 2 kids whose lives are as good as over now because how are they going to be able to cope with all of this.

Anonymous said...

Ok there are several methods of catching individuals involved in this activity, and most of it is ignorance of the user involved.

I am a IT for a webhosting company and have been working on computers and networks for for about 17+ years now.

P2P, most users are using P2P/torrents to download their illegal video games, movies, whatever it is. Most users forget the fact that they are leaving their "sharing" on. Generally when a user seeks out illegal content, they are painting a large target on themselves by sharing it hence law enforcement would likely go on "raids" and type in the obvious keywords, download the material, verify the content and the IP address (which can be obtained via several methods such as a packet sniffer or netstat since they are downloading directly from that user). From there, law enforcement has the evidence as well as the IP address.

The next step would usually be a call to the local ISP (Internet Service Provider) and file for a subpoena. The ISP hands over the customer information on the account, feds obtain a warrant for all electronic equipment capable of storing (flash, harddrive, tape, cd, etc.) and sent off to a forensics lab. The user is likely faced with charges of distribution as well as possession which carry hefty prison sentences and permanent sex offender registration.

The other methods of catching users are usually undercover agents posing on news groups. Users may be willing to "trade" with other users in a news group or a chat room to undercover agents, generally a user is charged with "pandering" by requesting or soliciting the material. Sometimes an agent may send out "fake" material that is not illegal but the user believes it to be. This will get a user charged with "attempting to receive" or "pandering". Once again, IP address is collected or a subpoena is done to Yahoo to obtain access to the user account and IP address.

cont..........

Anonymous said...

Cont...

Sting operations, feds may post false hyperlinks that pertain to be illegal content but actually do not contain anything illegal, this method was used back in 2006 and has been used in the past on forums known to contain pedophiles. IP's are usually logged though it's unknown how effective this method is due to the possibility of misguided traffic. It appears that only about 2 people have actually been convicted since this took place in 2006 due to the sheer number of IP addresses. The Hyperlinks generally would be hosted on a government server which the IP's are logged showing "intent" to download.

The other methods are usually websites that actually deal in the commercial distribution of obscenity with minors, most of these sites are likely overseas or possible free thumbnail galleries that are not regulated. The most likely case is that a user may stumble across a site by mistake (generally due to affiliating partners to that site) and a user ends up reporting the website to the webhost. The webhost may suspend the site and work with law enforcement depending where the server is located and law enforcement sift through the logs likely looking for repeat IP addresses and obtain subpoenas because of the IP's being in the logs. There was a large bust back in 99 or so which 100 of 140 people were arrested, it's unknown how many were actually convicted.

Generally when a computer is sent to forensics, it is analyed wth software known as EnCase which if a user formats or attempts to delete files, EnCase will copy the sector and reconstruct the original filepaths. Some data may be corrupted however fragments are enough to convict a person. It's also capable of pulling emails saved in outlook, webhistory and the page file which contains all that information. Sometimes if a harddrive has been tampered with or physically damaged, other methods are used via electron microscopy or MFM (magnetic force microscope). Even if you delete data, it's still physically on the drive and the only way to get rid of it is to physically degauss it. Others may claim overwriting of data 35 times will destroy it however MFM will recover the data although certainly making it more difficult to obtain, and your likely to be faced with obstruction of justice in the event you attempt to wipe the evidence while under investigation.



Courts do not distinguish the difference with viewing and downloading. Viewing means you had "control" of the material which means you can still be charged with possession.

Anonymous said...

An IP address is general, but the WEP address is the unique number of the machine.

Matt said...

I have known Jim now for almost 20 years, since I was four years old. He has been a friend, a peer, and a mentor to me. Throughout the years he never once did anything inappropriate with me or even hinted at it. I will not sit here and say that he isn't guilty because of our friendship, but I will ask that everyone reserve their judgment, just as I am, until all the facts have been layed out in a court of law and a decision reached. If he is guilty he shall recieve the punishment warranted by the crime. Jim is a good man that has helped many people from all walks of life. So let us give him the chance to prove that these charges could be false. Please keep an open mind and don't cast any stones blindly without knowing the full truth.
~Matthew Stueber~

Anonymous said...

Please everyone wait until the evidence is in before makeing a decision about Jim. I couldn't believe that this has happened, but at the same time you never know. So let the evidence prove or disprove the matter, we all know what women are capable of, not saying that's the case, but we don't know.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking that maybe his wife kicked him out after finding out herself?!?!

Megan said...

If someone jacked this mans wireless internet, it would be on their computer not his... yes through his IP address, but not on his computer. And they wouldn't have arrested this man for one pic. These types of investigations take a long time to develop and they would've tracked his online activity for quite some time before ever obtaining an arrest or search warrant!!!! Be real, do you think that our local boys would have allowed this to take place without sufficient evidence?

Anonymous said...

I understand some of you think this man is a sick individual for these alleged charges. If in fact he is guilty of the crime, may God have mercy on his soul and I to will think he is a sick individual. However, all of you casting judgement upon him or trying to rectify the situation because you are friends, you are doing more harm than good here. As people in this community shame on you also. For the sake of the family, if you are a friend of the wife, husband, or parent of a friend of their children have respect for them at least. Guilty or innocent airing out someone else's dirty laundry isn't the best way to prove guilt or innocence.

Anonymous said...

When this type of thing happens it is important to remember to "hate the sin not the sinner"...this is what I told my daughter when a teacher at NoPo went through something like this.

I do not know this man, do not live in Coudy, but "good" people from all walks of life make mistakes.

I have children and grand-children and just cringe at the thought of this type of "sickness", that is what it is, a sickness!

Anonymous said...

Looks can be deceiving!!!!! Jim does appear to be a nice, "helpful" person who would do anything for you, heavily involved in the community and with an education no less but . . . so was Bryan Moyer. So do not tell me this man did absolutely nothing until you know the facts. It is pretty obvious they have evidence or the Judge would not have signed the search warrant!

Quit laying blame on his poor family!!!! It is always easier to blame other people when we cannot deal with the truth. He has hurt his family beyond imagination!!!!!

My prayers are with them.

Anonymous said...

So Many of the people in this community associate Jim with the EMA office and with emergency personal and ask what are we to think if this is our emergency personal doing this.. WELL HERES YOUR ANSWER.... SHUT YOUR MOUTHS AND QUIT JUDGING THE EMS WHEN IT WASNT THE ORGANIZATION THAT IS ON TRIAL HERE.. Jim has been a well respected man in this community as well as others and has helped save lives just like the EMA and EMS does..As far as Im concerned Im shocked by this but he still has the respect that he has earned from me through the EMS..So if you cant handle what you read about Jim and you try to even think about turning it on the EMS like Ive read, Then step up to the plate and volunteer if you think you can been so much more for our community...

Mr Negative said...

"An IP address is general, but the WEP address is the unique number of the machine."

Actually WEP is not an address it is a code...the actual hard coded identifier of each and every network inerface on a PC is the MAC address. It is easy to change an IP address on a computer, but the MAC address is hard coded to the physical equipment. WEP is just a wireless security algorithm and can be changed at will by the administrator. The cyber crimes unit is not stupid and would not have made an arrest without factual evidence of the crime being committed. I don't care if the guy was a Medal of Honor winner....if he is proven guilty of this crime he should be severely punished.

Anonymous said...

adelphia is gone so should that stupid yuppie word. you stupid person..good grief stupid.not a potter county word must be a wanna be.

Anonymous said...

were is chris johanson at from date line"to catch a predator" when you need him. i like how everyone judges this guy,you all must be professionals at child porn or big time lawyers because it sounds like everyone is calling him guilty before you hear his side of the story.
emporium pa

Anonymous said...

This happened in Coudersport. Don't they have thier own police. Maybe they deceided to hand the complex case over to the state. They might have been busy writing parking tickets. Thanks for mine...

James said...

ya know whats funny, you people are scared to put your names here. Some of you did and i commend you, but for the others who didnt, you need to man up before you throw someone under the bus, lest you be thrown under there with him.

Anonymous said...

how do u no its Jim doing all this??? it could be his wife and just blaming Jim..Were u at their house and seeing all this and watching over his shoulder?? I think not.. People shouldnt judge a book by its cover..From what I have known of Jim he seems like a nice guy..What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty!!!!

Anonymous said...

I hope all the "not guilty yet" types go to D.J. Annette Easton's office and get a copy of the criminal complaint. It is public record and must be given out by the judge. Read it and then tell me how many here would still let their children be watched by him. The liberal group hug therapy doesn’t work with anyone who is involved in crimes against children. The children are the ones people should be standing behind and supporting, not someone who gets off seeing them naked.

Anonymous said...

"We all make mistakes, so if he did do it, we'll forgive him, as the BIBLE says to do."

"if he did, well i forgive him, as does God. Think about it, if it were YOU doing a crime, your friends would still be by your side, and his true friends are by his side."

YOU people kill me! If it were your kids, would you think the same way? Honestly, would you leave your kids alone with him now? I don't give a shit what your bible says, I will protect children over forgiving anyone who is found guilty or the chance of being. Leave your religion out of this. I am sure "God" never imagined his "son" wanting to be with "his" little children. Some things if found true, are truly unforgiveable, regardless of the heroic actions on one man.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Solomon's Word for getting the facts as reported to the police!!! One can read alot into those facts either way!!!

Anonymous said...

This case was a test of the local media.
Would they recognize this as a newsworthy story but also a personal crisis?
After they determined that the alleged crimes did not involve the suspect's public life/county facilities, and did not involve local victims, would they still be unable to resist their urge to sensationalize the report and worsen the family's suffering?
Radio Station WFRM and Black Forest Forest Broadcasting have shown discretion and good taste.
Endeavor and the Leader Enterprise have yet to chime in.
We shall see.
Maybe the document that is described on this site is technically a public record. I assume it is. If so, then it all comes down to the judgment of the media as to what constitutes "news."

Anonymous said...

Is it me or did most of you not read the article. The three pictures were determined by a pediatrician to be two 12 year olds and a 10 year old girl naked. They were downloaded and saved to a disc (shows some intent to keep these photos, don't you think?) & Jim confessed to it. The article comes from either what the police fax out in a news release or from court documents, so alot of the facts are there, READ IT.
As far as someone possessing child porn being a sickness.....there is no penacillin shot for this. Why are all crimes anymore labelled as a sickness? There are crimes and punishment then there is sickness and cure. His cure for his sickness is punishment!!

Anonymous said...

Looking at the update this morning I see that he admitted to downloading at least one picture to a disc.

How does that make all you suporters feel now?!?!?

Still going to let him watch your children???

Anonymous said...

I HAVE KNOWN JIM FOR MANY MANY YEARS ALSO HE IS MY BROTHER N LAW REGARDLESS OF EVERYTHING THAT HAS COME TO LIGHT HE IS STILL THE MAN I KNEW ALL THOSE YEARS AGO HE STILL THE PERSON I TRUST, YES THE DIVORCE IS TAKING A TOLE ON HIM AS IT IS HIS MY SISTER YOU HAVE KNOW IDEA WHAT SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH NOR WHY SHE HAD DIVORCED HIM THERE IS A SONG YOU FIND OUT WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE WELL ISN'T THAT THE TRUTH.. I CANT BELIEVE HALF OF YOU PEOPLE EVERYONE IS SO QUICK TO THINK THEY HAVE ALL THE INFO EVEN THE NEWS RELEASE BUT PEOPLE YOU WILL KNOW ALL THE FACTS AND YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT IT IS DOING TO JIM BUT TO CHRISTY AND HER CHILDREN. WHENEVER I NEEDED JIM HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE AND JIM IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE MY BROTHER AND HE WILL HAVE OUR SUPPORT.. WHY MUST WE START BLAMING THE OTHER HALF WHY MUST EVERYONE BLAME EVERYONE ELSE.. TO THE COMMENT THAT CHRISTY HAS CHANGED SINCE SHE STARTED THIS POSTION DO YOU REALLY KNOW HER TO SAY THAT DO YOU REALLY KNOW FACTS IF YOU DONT THEN PERHAPS YOU SHOULD MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE FACTS STRAIGHT THE NEWS CANT EVEN GET IT STRAIGHT NOR TOUCH ON THE TRUE FACTS... PROUD TO BE THE SISTER

Anonymous said...

Mr. Negative, my apologies. I meant to type MAC, and for some reason typed WEP. Apparently I've been staring at far too many lines of code today. Thank you for correcting my error.

Anonymous said...

This has been so blown out of porportion. Would everyone please use your heads. Jim is a good person going thru a rough patch. He is innocent until proven guilty. I do not believe he is guilty of the charges. Im sure their is a reasonable explanation for all of this. Please do not be to harsh until we no all the facts. Either way his life is over because of the charges. No matter what happens and even if the charges are dropped he can never go back to his normal life.

Anonymous said...

It states in here that his wife was told how to check his history and she did and emailed it to the pastor. I know with her line of job and even without her line of job she knows how to view the history of a computer without someone telling her. Also why after she had taken the disk to the pastor why did it take them 3 weeks to take it to the PSP. This all sounds fishy in a very small creek named SET-UP. I know her well enough to know shes not all that innocent of a person when it comes to sexual related comments and funny sexual pranks. And also who in there right mind would email the history to someone and not look to see what it is for themselves first..Is this a Catch and Release stream?

Anonymous said...

"I am a IT for a webhosting company and have been working on computers and networks for for about 17+ years now."



WOW let me guess you answer phones in some call center for 10 bucks an hour so you think you are a computer god. Give me a break nothing you said indicates you have any actual knowledge about anything. So do us all a favor and leave your long winded meaningless posts off this blog.

Anonymous said...

You're all sick. This isn't just some easily forgivable "mistake". Think about the children for God's sake!

'Nuff Said said...

"On Wednesday, Jim Steiner was interviewed at the PSP Barracks in Coudersport, read his miranda rights, and allegedly admitted to downloading one of the pictures involved to a disk."

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then WTH do you think it might be?

Anonymous said...

So he admitted to downloading kiddie porn. Are you done defending him yet?

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like perhaps someone should be checking on the dear pastor. Why was he so egar to look into the the matter rather than reffering it to law enforcement in the fisrt place? And considering the "chain of evidence" was broken when the disk was given to the pastor I'm not sure that the disk is even admisible in a court of law. How do you know who put the files there? Its a portable disk that can go into any computer and its easy enough to change the date/time stamp to make it look like a file was saved at another point in time.

And as for the Doc's estimation of age.... I don't think that works either. Someone can look much younger or older than they actually are. I don't care if they are a Doc. Doesn't mean you can look at a photo and determine age with any amount of certainty.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Solomon's Words for reporting the Affidavit of Probable Cause which led to this arrest. I do question, however, the portion that states "...read his miranda rights, and allegedly admitted to downloading...". Under normal circumstances an Affidavit of Probably Cause states facts, as the police know them. In this case, the police know he was taken to the barracks, know he was given his Miranda Rights, but 'allege' he admitted to the downloads. This is the only portion of the Affidavit where someone 'alleges' anything. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous @ 9:15:00 AM:

More typical ignorant Potter County. Someone gives you correct factual information and you blow it off. I'm not the one that posted that information but did computer investigation for 7 years and have worked many cases with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in cases just like this. The response that person posted was correct and regardless of if they were answering a phone for $10/hr or not they know what they are talking about, YOU do not!

Anonymous said...

Not that it matters, but does anyone know if the 12 yr. old and the 10 yr. old kids are from Potter County?

Anonymous said...

Must be a duck ????

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous @ 10:07 AM

Your an idiot nothing that person said is remotely true. I am sure you have worked in computer investigations for 7 years whatever that BS means. BY computer investigation do you mean when your mom calls you you investigate the spy ware on her puter? SHUT UP DAIF.

Anonymous said...

You forget folks everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a COURT OF LAW. Press statements are written by police not the jury.

If Jim's right to bear arms was being denied, as everyone on here seems to want to deprive him of his day in court, all you would be rioting.

Anonymous said...

There were no 12 year old or 10 year old kids involved they were all over the age of 18 but looked very young.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous#1 @ 10:20 AM

Hmmmm, you continue to want to prove my point for me. Fool.....

Tina said...

I certainly think that this pastor definitely overstepped his bounds!!
Marital counseling is one thing, but the wife downloading this info to the pastor over several weeks/months?? And the pastor not advising the wife that this is a legal matter, not a marital matter is inexcusable, and if these problems were brought to the marital counseling table with the pastor,why wasn't there more counseling with Jim if the pastor thought it was a problem, why does it sound like Jim was only involved once in a counseling session? Something sounds very fishy about this story---sounds like a set up. This pastor had way too much interest in sending Jim up the creek. I think law enforcement should look into the pastor/ex wife situation. there may be details there that haven't been released yet either..definitely sounds fishy!!

Anonymous said...

This is so crazy.....People this is equivallent to walking in Sheetz and buying a Porn Magazine.
How do you know that those girls are in the of age in a magazine because you trust the people that published it and that the girl didn't give them a fake id. Be real 3 photo's out of how many disks were questionable. How many girls do you know that look older or younger than they are.
Jim is a good guy and stays a good guy with my family......If some people think they are above this you better think again. When you have a porn pop up on you screen at work or home you better watch out. If someone sends you an email that is questionable or text watch out again...No one should think that they are better or above this crime...There is porn everywhere and just because he had disks and not a magazine makes him no less of a man to me.

Anonymous said...

Guess I'm missing something here. Regardless of who reported the crime, a crime was committed, as allegedly admitted to by Mr. Steiner. As to the chain of custody, that matter can be resolved in Court with the testimony of the parties who had custody of the evidence. The fact remains, the police received an admission of guilt. All the peripheral speculation is just that, speculation. When this comes to Court, if it does, I do hope justice will be served, and a person who has admitted to a crime of such magnitude, Child Pornography, will not be 'excused' on a technicality, and will receive the punishment deserved.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree - why was the counselor so eager to view the disc? Isn't Christy capable of recognizing child porn? And finding a disc how many weeks after he moves out? And how long did the counselor have possession of the disc before they did the lawful thing and turn in the evidence? So the disc was in her possession at the time and not his or maybe the disc was in the counselor's possession. HMMM? Doesn't the law say something about reasonable doubt?

I agree that people with pornography issues are sick, needy people but I think all the questions involved in this case has to make you ask - who has the issues?

Whatever the result - the damage has been done and another family has been ripped apart and neither Christy, nor Jim, nor their childrens' lives will be the same again. I hope as truth emerges they both have friends strong enough and dedicated enough to stand with them til the end.

Anonymous said...

Sexual Abuse of children. 3 Felony Counts. Sexual Abuse of Children 3 felony counts. I can repeat this a bunch of times. The downloads should be the least of his worries.

L. Holtz said...

Mr. Jones,

Just wondering how it feels to be the journalist known for slander??? If I were anyone named in this article or if I would EVER see my name in any of your postings, you would be getting a call from my attorney. The first question might be what entitles (key word there is entitles!! what cause it's your site?? Please!! that's what makes you accountable for each and every post!!) you to not post some comments, post your own comment advising folks to speak to their attorney, or telling them to write to the Leader Enterprise where there name will be posted for all to see?? But when this family is being torn to shreds...it's okay?? Good for you! I wonder if you have received such a call before or if you simply pick and choose those that you think should be slandered this way?
I love your “good guy” message at the bottom of the article......as if stopping those posts makes you any less?!

Such a simple answer, and you know it, no anonymous comments! You allows these for the shock and awe that comes when people don’t have to be held accountable for their words! Really, this is something that you are proud of?? Hmm...

God help the Steiners, or anyone that has the privilege of being in an article on this site, good or bad! With a community like this, and the upstanding site Mr. Jones has going on here, they get to endure public scrutiny in black and white for all to view because of the simple click of a button that Mr. Jones does every time he APPROVES these comments. The power of the pen, or in this case the mouse!

Anonymous said...

What the heck is wrong with your people!!!! For once, a mother stood up for her children and herself! Took the bull by the horns and possibly stopped a sexual predator! How dare you people suggest this is just normal divorce crap! Remember the Butler case in Roulette, the son raping his sister and the mother just covering it up - telling the daughter to keep quiet! This mother, for once in Potter County, stood up for what is right. Whether she went through the Pastor, the police or the Pope - She cares about her kids and their safety. Potter County should be so lucky to have one less molestation case to deal with ! Congratulations Kristy and thank you for caring about your children enough to call out the man you are married to regardless of the effects! It takes guts and love and it's nice to see that you aren't one of these mothers who just don't care! If the world had more mothers like this - maybe half of these cases wouldn't occur and these sick bastards would learn to stop abusing kids and enjoying kiddy porn!

Anonymous said...

as a survivor of child sexual abuse i can't believe the comments im reading in this blog. now i am a mother of two daughters and i am certainly glad glad they made it past the prime age for predators. Once a girl is thirteen or fourteen the predator looses intrest only to look for somebody else younger. My family knows all the sordid details now but they didn't for many years. When I finally told I found out that this pervert had molested his own daughter after I had gotten to old. The bastard had enough nerve to apologize to me when I was eighteen as if he wanted forgiveness. When he died I sent his ex-wife, my sister a bottle of champaigne to celebrarte the fact that he wass goping to hell. If only we had the technology then to find these perverts and get them off the streets because I know fromn experianc that it can ruin a childs life and if they are not strong enough they remain victems instead of survivors. I know Jim Steriner and I was surprised but from past experiance you can never tell by someones outside appearance. If he is innocent I hope he is exonerated and his name and reputation is cleared. But if he is guilty I at least hope that it was only the pictures he has had and that he has not really ever been in the position of harming young girls or boys for that matter. It is not up to you people to forgive him unless it is you or your children that he hurt. It is up to his god and his victems to forgive him or not. frankly as a victem and now as a survivor I hope they become survivors whether they forgive him or not. I wouldn't forgive and they will never forget.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight. Jim likes to look at porn and download it. (Not the only one to do this I'm sure) Not against the law. well,not that I know of anyway. not real sure on the laws so I might need a little help here. and of the stuff he downloaded 2 or so of the girls look young, did they look young to him?? what if he thought they were over 18. Now, if he was on a kiddy porn site, then I can see this all happening. but if not, then this is just wrong. I have a niece who was shopping for a formal dress and the lady that came to help us ask if she was getting married. she is 14 years old. so it does happen. some girls look older then they are. and some look younger. lets just wait and see how it all plays out and lets keep them all in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

I agree with all the comments where you guys should not post as it has been mentioned before unless you have the facts. I think it is actually amusing that you people have to do what you are doing to by up time. I also think that you guys are so DESPERATE to want to know what the truth is that you feel like you have to make up your own in order to satisfy your "gossip circle"

If Jim and Christy was not in a middle of a divorce then what other comments would you guys come up with? Who then would you blame?

I also do not feel you guys would be posting what you are posting if you where made to put a name on this. This site is just another place for people to tear other people up.

God Bless you all including the gossipers!

Anonymous said...

The article has been updated with the charges.

He is charged with 6 felonies. 3 for "Sexual Abuse Of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) and 3 counts of Crimimal Use Of A Communications Facility (using a computer to commit the act).

Anonymous said...

I understand people have marital issues, but...I find it odd that the preacher needed to view these disks to see what they were???? His wife isnt stupid, if memory serves she workd with human services of some sort??? I've known Jim for a long time and this is so hard to believe!!! to many unanswered questions, but lets smear it through the paper and distroy him!!!! got to love a small town.

Anonymous said...

so we can find people downloading the garbage and arrest them, but what happens to the perverts putting it out there? do they ever get caught and punished??

Anonymous said...

Frank Sinatra once said "Hell hath no fury like a hustler with a literary agent", which of course was a paraphrase of the commonly misquoted "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". As someone who's been through more than one set of marital troubles, I'd add a corollary of "Hell hath no fury like a woman in a divorce".

Joe J said...

Friday, June 5, 2009 11:19:00 AM EDT

L Holtz it is the right of the owner of this site to post information that he alone deems newsworthy. It is called freedom of the press. There is nothing that states the he must post every bit of information sent to him. Do you think that The NY Times or even the Potter Leader publishes every bit of news they receive? NO!!! They post and or publish information that they believe will interest their readers in an effort to drive site hits or newspaper sales.

I think that the owner of this site does a good job of being a moderator. It seems that he allows many things to post as long as they are tasteful (not downright hillbilly jargon) and related to the article and that is what this media is all about. Allowing people to discuss their points of view. If he allowed everything to pass through then my guess is that you would be one who would be complaining because you have to wade through multiple adds for Viagra and work at home opportunities.

I for one would love to be a fly on the wall when you would try to sue an entity such as this and take it in front of a judge just to see you have your tail handed to you. From what I have seen there is nothing on this site that is outside the boundaries of any laws.

Anonymous said...

Men in divorces can be just as full of fury, you dildine!

Anonymous said...

This is reporting? This is a community service? I dont think so! The posts that are approved and published are sickening and deciding it was in good taste to request and publish every last detail of the complaint affidavit is so distasteful it isnt even funny.

This site has reached a new low and gone to far. Using anonymity and freedom of speech to trash anyone and everything and pretneding it is all okay because the owners are of such high religous and moral fiber.

I'd say be ashamed, but the clientelle and management here wont even bat an eye and are simply waiting for the next big tragedy so they can chime in.

Anonymous said...

TO 2:19. IF IT'S SO BAD,WHY ARE YOU READING IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Joe J said...

If it were happening to your child I believe you would sing a different tune and probably want all the details released as possible about the person accused.

The information posted is fair game and considered public information. Solomon's Words just got the scoop/jump on everyone else who was trying to obtain and publish this information.

Probably your neighbor said...

I think people in Potter County needs jobs and they wouldn't have time to complain about blogging over this.
Pastor - counselor you would think they good together, doesn't look like it here. Maybe he just hates porn! Wonder if the the accused wife knows anyone that is good with photoshop and has a CD burner. Ooops! that probably included most of us blogging.
I want to see the facts!!!! Something smells like rotten fish - IT STINKS! I am telling you right now if some one touches my daughter or son there will be no trial for them - just me. With that said. I don't care that he was charged too many things don't seem right.
Rotten fish I say!!! Weeks later, some says his house was broken into by two younger girls, wife running with bad crowd... On and On.. Gee none of that can really happen. Right? Wrong! it can too happen. Especially in Potter county. Small town everyone knows everyone.... Some people can be lead around easily and they believe what others tell them. not living with the wife in the mood but won't pick up a woman and bring home til after the divorce, get online hit a site look at some nude pics, down load a gallery - 3 bad photos out of what 100, 6, 1,000 or was it just 3 kiddy pics. Probobly not! open your minds and look at the big picture. Small town and this guy has been as you all say a "upstanding dedicated to the community type of guy"
Show the facts not allegations!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the poster who stated that looks (and actions) can be deceiving. Look at the Moyer case! He was the soccer coach, a Sunday school teacher, a foster parent, an adoptive parent, etc! No one suspected that he was molesting young boys! BUT HE WAS!
Many people are savvy enough to have secret lives and sometimes, the secrets are CRIMINAL!

Anonymous said...

With all the posts telling everyone to "pray for Jim/Christy/the children", I don't know whether to laugh or cry. People, it's 2009, let's all take a deep breath and just admit that there is no invisible man in the sky watching us all and judging us based on what ignorant farmers and shepherds believed more that 2000 years ago. If you feel the need to pray, fine, but don't get on your soap box and tell everyone else to. You don't sound noble, you sound like a tired, old broken record.

Anonymous said...

I've got to agree - something certainly stinks. In the meantime while we wait for all the facts this man's life is all over the media. I was completely appalled to read ANYTHING about their sexual lives. Furthmore - while we're discussing that - what could a husband possibly ask for "sexually" - that would make one think he's been viewing porn? I'm not a prude by any means - but am I the only one drawing a complete blank on this??? As far the local pediatrician determining the age of a girl by looking at a picture? WTH - excuse me - how will this stand up in court? If it can be proven that he was actually at a kiddie porn site - that's a different matter. But holy cow - he hurt NO ONE.

Anonymous said...

Is Dawn Fink helping Christie with this fiasco? I agree with an earlier poster - seems kind of convenient. I don't think this will get the write in votes for Dawn this fall.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you could use a few of those prays yourself Anonymous @ 3:40PM.

Anonymous said...

Poster 3:40 PM


AAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNN

L. Holtz said...

Joe J

Let Mr. Jones be entitled to his right to "monitor" these comments....Although he might want to check with the Leader Enterprise regarding slander. All Mr. Jones needs to do is fix this site so that announ. blogs could not be written. You would'nt have half of these comments if people had to own up to their STUPID comments! Mr. Jones wants to be the one in charge of allowing slander, by all means, go ahead. It just might bite him in the ass one day!

Anonymous said...

"Joe J said...
If it were happening to your child I believe you would sing a different tune and probably want all the details released as possible about the person accused."

Are you high or just stupid??? Who the hell would want this type of attention if their child or family member was hurt in such a way. Ask yourself that same question.....Your child is assaulted like that and you think that these types of bashing posts would help in anyway?? Come on!!??

Angie said...

This is definately an example of "small town bullsh*t". Can't we all just stop and think about who were talking about here? Jim is the man who, in the wee hours of the morning, got out of bed to respond to an emergency call for you or your loved one without even thinking twice. He's the man we've all respected for years as the director of Emergency Services and as a paramedic. He's the man who would NEVER even dream of passing such judgments on you if you were in his shoes. He's also the proud father that absolutely worships the ground that his children walk on..whether or not they were children of his own blood.
To the Anonomous poster on 6/4 at 11:00 am-- Ever hear of the saying "Don't let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch"? Just because one emergency personnel member gets accused of something doesn't mean that everyone associated with Emergency Services is bad-- Just remember, you may need them someday for yourself or a loved one...

To the Anonomous poster on 6/4 at 08:36 am-- You say he's a sick man, but let me ask you this..Have you ever had the opportunity to sit down and get to know Jiim? My guess is no because if you had, you woudn't be so quick to pass such a judgment. Jim has done so much for the residents of your community and probably wouldn't think twice to go back and do it all again despite your harsh comments. Remember, what goes around comes around.

Anonomous poster on 6/4 at 09:37am-- We will continue to stick up for him until the truth prevails, and believe me, it will. That is what friends do. It's sad that you people would ruin such a respected man over what you read in the news without having all of the facts present. Once again- small town bullsh*t. Call us "bible thumpers" all you want just remember, you are NOT perfect, none of us are and I hope someday God will judge you exactly the way you judge others.

Anonomous on 6/4 at 10:18am-- You say he "looks like a pervert", what do you think people think of you and the way you look?? Don't judge a book by its cover. I honestly feel sorry that you didn't have the pleasure of getting to know Jim..I mean REALLY getting to know him. If you had, you would know that there is nothing perverted in his nature at all. He's the man, who on a Sunday morning was rushing around the ambulance station at 6am trying to get his things together so he could drive home to Coudersport to attend church with the people he loved and adored most in this world..his family.

Angie said...

..continued

Anonomous on 6/4 at 1:21pm-- Maybe you should consider rewriting your definition of friendship. Friends are those who stick by you through thick and thin and sadly enough, it always seems to take a trip down the rocky road for most people to find out who their friends are. So, sounds like he's guilty, eh? Whatever happened to the good 'ol saying of "Innocent until proven guilty". Sure they had enough evidence to arrest him, but how convenient that the ex wife was the one finding everything AFTER HE MOVED OUT. Now what person looking at child porn leaves the evidence behind?? Think about it. Don't talk trash until you have ALL the facts.

Anonomous on 6/4 at 2:22pm-- I completely agree with the email situation. With todays technology, taking film to the store to get developed to compile a photo album is almost unheard of. Instead, we upload our pictures of our most precious moments to our computers and are able to send them to family and friends via email or even cell phones. I know that many of us have the classic bathtub shots that were taken when we were little..would we be so quick to accuse the person taking our pictures of looking at child porn?? Makes you wonder...

Ryan who posted the comment on 6/4 at 06:36am-- So, please tell me exactly what kind of people we need around here. Hard working, honest, caring, trustworthy?? Sure that would be wonderful...but wake up..it's 2009 and those kinds of people are few and far between. No one..not even you are perfect and we'va all done things we're not proud of. Let me tell you, Jim is probably as close as you will ever come to the model citizen.

Anonomous on 6/4 at 09:42-- Very well stated. I work in EMS as well and can't count the number of times I have seen personal computers sit unattend for hours at a time while their owners are out running on emergency calls. Anyone could touch them. Besides, what better way to get revenge on a soon to be ex-husband than to destroy him and all that he has ever worked for and take away the the things that mattered most to him..his children and his carreer. Sounds like a set up that had been in the making for quite some time. Jealousy is a pretty good motive. What better way to guarentee yourself full custody of your kids...

Angie said...

...continued...

And hats off to those of you who actually had the balls to sign your name to your comments. For those of you who trashed his name on this gossip website and on the streets, I feel sorry for you because you "have fallen victim to the simplistic mindset of what the media wants you to believe about someone". Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. Remember...Karma will eventually catch up to you.

Anonymous said...

Wake up people..NICE guys beat their wives, children, look at porn...The public never sees what goes on behind closed doors. How many children and women have been told, "Their husband (Nice Guy) could never do bad things they are being accused of. In the meantime, the little ones suffer because no one believes them..Stop saying what a nice guy he is...that doesn't mean squat right now.

Anonymous said...

Sorry but Mr. Steiner needs a better lawyer than Kuhl .. Especially if Dawn Fink is representing the State or Christy or the children or whoever??? She'll have you for breakfast Bob...

Anonymous said...

to all whom it may concern i think this blog stinks and i don't feel anyone has the right to judge one way or the other you never know what god has in store for you with yourself, your spouse or your children.since when has this world become so perfect i'm sure there is something about each one of you writing remarks that isn't perfect including myself so everyone needs to put themseves in the steiner family's shoes give the a rest

Anonymous said...

innocent until proven guilty..... from over the hill in Austin

Anonymous said...

I think that it is sick and perverted that the Preacher thought he needed to view the disk and pictures himself. BTW,all men look at porn, they are lying when they say they don't, but when it is pictures of children then there is a problem, that's sick. As for poster 3:40, just because you don't believe in prayer doesn't mean that everyone else shouldn't also. I think maybe you need prayer the most.

Anonymous said...

BIBLE BEATERS

Anonymous said...

enough of that stupid dildine word!

Anonymous said...

Angie, I hope your appology to Mrs. Steiner is as long and formal has your "resume" for Mr. Steiner. YOU are what you preach!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't know if the guy is guilty or not.It's not the blogs fault.This is a place for people to comment on issues that affect us and keep up on local news.I have made the local news a few times myself up there,but I put myself in that position.It was public information.Years ago; it was "The True Press" that was accused of slanderous statements.But freedom of speech is what it is.You can't have it both ways.Yes,it would be nice if more people wouldn't hide behind anonymous comments.I personally enjoy Dad's website.To the 6/5-11;19 poster-"my dad is a good guy"! Why don't you go watch Nancy Grace on CNN, a soap opera or go to the thousands of other blogs that just sign their e-mail name, etc.If you don't like the comments,don't read em.You don't have to believe everything you hear and everyone has the right to their opinion!Sometimes the news is depressing.Gotta agree with Joe J on the freedom of press issue!Keep up the good work Dad and God Bless you all!! :) Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

Karma sucks !!

Bonnie said...

Lets just wait and see how this turns out.. Innocent until..bla bla bla.. If this is a so called set up by his wife..then she should be punished as well... Personally, I can't believe that Jim would do such a thing, but we all have ghosts in our closets!! So lets just wait until the facts are all out.

Burt Nurney said...

it's practice what you preach and you are what you eat you dumbass

Anonymous said...

Enough already....I could care less about Angie's opinion or anybody else....you are just responding to a social ill we have in our society.. Now this family must pick up the pieces and find a way to continue living with all this. I can't imagine how it must feel to know everyone knows about my family's problems....Please lets close this blog....its not doing anyone any good at this point.....god bless all of you for your passion....

Anonymous said...

Enough of that stupid term "Bible Beaters".

Anonymous said...

Mr Moyer- if you could call him Mr., anyways, looked odd from the get go, why do you think HE WAS involved in all of that... DUHHHHHHHHH, so he could get to all those little ones. thats how they work. i am VERY, VERY thankful that neither of my 2 boys were involved, & they both had contacts with him in one way or another. i consider myself & family SUPER lucky.
but one never knows about a person. i guess you cant judge someone by their cover.

Anonymous said...

If dawn has bob for breakfast. He'll leave an after taste in her mouth. She'll have to floss when she's done.

Anonymous said...

After reading this blog I continue to be amazed at the comments made. This case is not a matter of WHO REPORTED the crime, but rather WHO COMMITTED the crime. The Affidavit by the State Police sets forth the facts, as they were told by the complaining party, which were believable to them, which led them to secure an arrest warrant. Continuing with the Affidavit, it states clearly.....(quoting here):

On Wednesday, Jim Steiner was interviewed at the PSP Barracks in Coudersport, read his miranda [sic] rights, and allegedly admitted to downloading one of the pictures involved to a disk.

It appears that Mr. Steiner admitted to the act which led to his arrest. One picture or one hundred, the fact remains it was downloaded and he admitted doing so.
I am somewhat perplexed that the Affidavit states "...allegedly admitted....". Under usual circumstances the Affidavit states facts as they are known to the police, not allegations, as the facts presented are relied upon by the District Magistrate to determine if a crime has been commtted in order to proceed with the arrest. At any rate, those who choose to stand by this 'pillar of the community', and those that agree that a crime has been committed, and Mr. Steiner should be punished for that crime, will no doubt populate those opinions ad nausem.

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