Another top Democrat figure has been accused of a terrible scandal that should have his constituents ashamed.
Pennsylvanian Democrat Philip Ahr submitted a formal resignation to the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners last Monday in light of his recent criminal charges involving possession of child pornography, according to 6 ABC.
Mr. Ahr resigned on October 23rd from his position as President of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners, although remaining partially involved in the board’s affairs. He was arrested on October 11th and charged with 10 counts of distributions of pornography, 60 counts of criminal use of a communication facility, and 50 counts of possession of child pornography, as stated by a press release from District Attorney Jack Whelan.
“Philip Ahr, 66, of the 100 block of Meredith Avenue, in Radnor, is charged with child pornography possession and child pornography dissemination, sexual abuse of children, and criminal use of communication facility, all felonies of the third degree,” read the statement.
“According to Ahr, he used Yahoo Messenger to ‘sext’ with unknown individuals, which involved sexual talk about children. Ahr told detectives that during one of these conversations, an unknown person sent him about one dozen child pornography images of girls who Ahr estimated to be approximately 13 years-old,” the press release continued. “Some of the images involved female children engaging in sex acts with adult males. Ahr admitted to detectives that he sent and received images of child pornography to and from an individual he was chatting with. Ahr stated, ‘obviously I knew the images were illegal and don’t know how I could say otherwise.’”
The criminal investigation began on August 31st after a receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which alleged that Mr. Ahr was uploading and sharing suspected child pornography images through a Yahoo Messenger account – culminating in a search warrant for his home served on September 21st.
Court documents went on to mention that investigators found more than 500 images of videos of child pornography on his computer.
“Ahr’s collection was mainly comprised of prepubescent girls under the age of 10 years, but also included infants and toddlers. A portion of the images and videos depicted sadomasochistic sexual abuse and children being sexually abused by animals,” the district attorney’s office said.
Authorities later said that they discovered more illegal images on his work iPad, adding that the former official might have tried to delete the images from his device before turning it over. More than 1,000 web links to pornographic images, including child pornography, were discovered in addition to the pre-existing images found on Mr. Ahr’s hard drive.
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“Both the laptop and desktop computers had Excel spreadsheets located on them which were altered so that upon initial examination they appeared to contain innocuous data. Once the attempts to hide the data were reversed it was discovered that they contained well over a thousand website addresses,” said the district attorney’s office. “Hundreds of the web addresses were still active and contained child pornography. Significantly, in addition to the web address, each spreadsheet contained a column with a code that signified the content of the web address.”
At the moment, Mr. Ahr remains free on bail, and it’s unclear whether he will face new charges in light of the newly discovered material. His next scheduled court date is on November 30th.
In a party that’s becoming known for its scandals and rampant unethical behavior, the Democrats should be ashamed of this Pennsylvanian official’s conduct.