The former manager for the Zelienople-based Pittsburgh Pride girls softball fastpitch league, which has players from across the Pittsburgh region, was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges.
James Sepik, 46, of Mingo Junction, Ohio, is charged with four count of possession of child pornography, according to WTOV Channel 9 in Steubenville.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviewreports Sepik dropped a flash drive at a baseball field in Follansbee, W. VA. in late June.
When a parent found the drive and opened it in the hopes of determining the owner, he discovered hundred of images of child pornography. The parent then notified police, the Trib reports.
Sgt. Matthew Adams of the West Virginia State Police, Crimes Against Children Unit, said investigators executed a search warrant at Sepik’s home July 3.
He was arrested without incident Aug. 13 at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport in West Virginia, where he works for a FAA subcontractor in the control tower, according to Wheeling’s WTRF Channel 7.
Pittsburgh Pride officials told the Trib that Sepik, who passed an annual background check in May 1, resigned from the league several months ago. The reason for his departure was not clear.
Adams said none of the images, which are believed to be downloaded from the Internet, featured any girls from the teams, the Trib reports.
Sepik is being held on $500,000 bond at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, according to WTRF. His preliminary hearing is expected within the next 10 days.