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PHILLIP WALTERS

The Wyoming County man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend last December, and then throwing her body into the Susquehanna River is now facing child pornography charges.

Phillip Donald Walters, 32, of Mill City, Falls Township, was arraigned Thursday before District Judge David Plummer

According to a criminal complaint filed by Wyoming County Chief Detective David A. Ide, when Walters was arrested Jan. 9 in the disappearance of his girlfriend Haley Maree Lorenzen, his cell phone, a Galaxy Note 8, was seized.

In the course of searching that phone, the State Police Computer Crime Laboratory in Hanover Township did a forensic analysis, and among text messages, call logs, contact lists, and screen shots were several thousand thumbnail images with at least five indicative of child pornography “which included pre-pubescent minor females and minor females engaged in prohibited sexual acts.”

A further scan by the FBI Scranton field office revealed images of child pornography downloaded on Walters’ cell phone on eight separate occasions between Nov. 25 and Dec. 26, 2018.

According to the complaint, the images were reviewed by Michael Rogan, medical director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania, who conclusively stated that child pornography was present but in three of the pictures could not make a determination about whether a victim in the photograph was under 18.

Based on the finding, Detective Ide filed five felony counts of child pornography against Walters.

Walters is set for a preliminary hearing before Judge Plummer in Tunkhannock on June 23.

No bail has been set in the latest matter as he remains in the county jail because of the criminal homicide charges.

Area search parties have scoured the Susquehanna River on numerous occasions, but without success in locating the Lorenzen body.