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Penn State Student Charged With Child Porn Possession

Originally published on StateCollege.com.

A Penn State student is facing a felony child pornography charge after an investigation uncovered a large collection on his computer.

Adam Zydney, 26, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography on Monday after police found a cache of 591 files on his computer downloaded with a torrent program.

Zydney is the son of State College school district board member Laurel Zydney and has previously worked with children in a number of roles.

According to his resume, posted on his personal website, the State College native was an instructor and teaching assistant at the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth from 2010 to 2014. He is currently a graduate student at Penn State studying mathematics, and earned his undergraduate degree from the university in 2011.

A criminal complaint filed by Ferguson Township police says that an undercover investigation led officers to the IP address at Zydney’s apartment, where police found the child pornography files on his computer. The complaint describes in graphic detail one of the videos, which reportedly shows a “white prepubescent girl” exposing herself.

A search warrant executed on July 31 found Zydney and his roommate at the apartment, where the latter told police he didn’t wish to discuss the incident. Attorney Lance Marshall, who represents Zydney, contacted the police and set up an interview on August 4, where Zydney informed police that he is sexually attracted to young females.

“He acknowledged that this attraction seemed ‘weird’ at approximately sixth grade,” the complaint says. “He stated that he began to look at child porn when he was in his mid teens and used it for the ‘same reasons’ as regular porn.”

Zydney told police that he later began using torrent programs, which are a form of peer-to-peer file sharing, to download child pornography. According to the criminal complaint, he stated that his fiancee and a former girlfriend “knew of his pedophilia but did know of his collection of child porn.”

School district spokesperson Chris Rosenblum confirmed that Zydney is the son of a board member and said the district has no comment on his legal matter at this time. Marshall was not available for comment on Monday afternoon.

Zydney is being held in the Centre County Correctional Facility on $15,000 bail.

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Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a StateCollege.com reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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