Crime & Courts

Waxhaw man arrested on 25 child porn charges

A Waxhaw man was arrested on multiple child pornography charges after his laptop was seized at a Pennsylvania airport, according to Tinicum Township Police.

Ivan Teobalelo Zubiaga, 50, is charged with 25 counts of child pornography possession, obscene and other sexual materials and criminal use of a communications facility. All the charges are third-degree.

On February 14, Zubiaga arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport from Munich, Germany. Police say that during inspection, Zubiaga said that he was in Germany for business and that he is the executive vice president for Raedlinger's Primus Line.

During a baggage exam, authorities found two laptops, a cellphone, a hard drive and several thumb drives, which were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation, According to the official release.

On the devices, police say, HSI Special Agents found a "large volume of video files depicting suspected pre-pubescent males and females engaged in sexual activity with adult males."

Zubiaga told authorities the he was the only one that used the laptop. He also denied personally knowing any of the alleged victims and said that he only downloads and watches child pornography, which investigators say he admitted to doing for approximately ten years.

"Those who possess child pornography fuel the appalling exploitation of innocent children," said District Attorney Jack Whelan. "Those who engage in this criminal behavior should be forewarned that law enforcement is actively working to locate and arrest them. I would like to commend HSI, and our local law enforcement for their collaborative work on this case.”

Zubiaga was arraigned the same day and taken to the Delaware County prison after failing to post bail, which was set at 10 percent of $250,000.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25 in Folcroft, PA. before Magisterial District Judge Michael G. Cullen.