On September 17th an investigator was assigned to look into a tip that had come into the Internet Crimes Against Children task force from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children concerning files that had been uploaded to a Dropbox account.
The tip reported that a customer had uploaded a video and a still image of a adult engaging in sexual acts with a child that appeared to be under the age of ten.
The investigator initially traced the IP to an address in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and then later to an address in Horsham, Pennsylvania after the family had moved.
On October 10th, a search warrant was served to the new address by Horsham Township Police and Montgomery County ICAC Task Force members. Brian Groo's cell phone was siezed and a forensic evaluation of the device revealed more than 499 images depicting children under the age of 18 engaging in sexual acts and posing in sexual manners and were deemed by investigators to be child pornography.
An additional search warrant was executed on Groo's Dropbox account which revealed 37 images and 32 videos determined to also depict child pornography.
Groo, 19, has been arrested and charged with 167 charges related to possession and distribution of child pornography. The charges breakdown as 65 second degree felony counts of dissemination of child pornography, 100 second degree felony counts of possessing child pornography, and evidently two counts of criminal use of a communications facility.
He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Harry J. Nesbitt III who set his bail at $100,000 cash and additionally ordered that should he be released, he is to have no contact with minors and no internet or social media access. Unable to post bail, Groo was returned to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
Groo is due to appear in court again tomorrow morning for a preliminary hearing.