Ex-youth group volunteer from Monroeville indicted on child pornography charges
A Monroeville man and former church youth volunteer was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on child pornography charges.
Andrew Mark Patterson, 45, is facing three counts related to his alleged distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography videos and images, according to U.S. Attorney David Hickton.
Patterson was arrested Oct. 16 by an Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office detective. He had the largest collection of child pornography in recent memory, according to an office spokesman.
The indictment alleges that between June 15 and 16, Patterson distributed videos and images of child pornography, according to a news release. On Sept. 8, he allegedly received inappropriate videos. On the day of his arrest, he possessed videos and images of child pornography, authorities said.
Patterson was a volunteer with a youth group at Living Waters Family Worship Center in North Huntingdon.
He could receive a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.
He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bail. He also is charged with child endangerment.
Monroeville police allege that officers found “deplorable conditions” inside Patterson’s home, where he lived with his wife, Tina Marie, 41, and their daughter.
Feces from 10 Pomeranian dogs, dog food and garbage were strewn throughout the house, police said. Tina Patterson also is charged with endangerment.
Both formal arraignments on the endangerment charge are set for Dec. 16 in Allegheny County court.