Hazleton Man Arrested For Child Porn

Its a story you will only see on News 13. A Hazleton man accused of a
disturbing crime. Using Pornography of children for his own sexual
pleasure, but not anymore after investigators spent long hours tracking
the footage to the 21 year old who admitted the illegal images were his.
21-year-old Rafael Polonia lives with his mother, sister and young
niece. Police arrived at his 317 East Mine Street home, just before 8am
Friday morning with search warrant in hand. Police took Polonia’s
computer and found disturbing and lengthily videos of child pornography,
all children suspected to be under the age of 10…Polonia admitted to
police the pornography was his and said he he was getting sexual
gratification from the child pornography. Polonia was brought here to
Judge Joe Zola’s office where he remained calm and cooperative with
police at first, but because of the seriousness of the charges against
him, the Judge demanded 50 thousand dollars cash bail. If he could not
come up with it, Polonia was headed to jail and he also had two warrants
out for arrest for prior crimes. When Polonia was asked if he would like
to make a phone call regarding his bail he asked to call his mother. In
minutes, Polonia slammed the phone down and began to argue with police,
stopped cooperating and threatened his own life. When Troopers asked
Polonia what his mother said that got him so angry, he told them his mom
would not give him the money and told him quote “God will lead me to the
way.” Polonias combative behavior lead police to call for back-up and
were forced to pepper spray Polonia Eventually the accused was taken to
the hospital for a mental evaluation and then will head to prison.
Investigators who specialize in internet crimes involving children tell
News 13 they had been investigating Polonia for sometime. A mobile
forensic lab is used to help State Troopers track criminals like him
down. News 13 was given an exclusive tour inside. The lab on wheels
travels to a number of counties and is just another tool in the fight
against child predators. As for Polonia, he’s set to be back in Zola’s
courtroom at the end of the month.

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