A former elected official in Chester County has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography, officials announced Wednesday.
Warren Reynolds served as a New Garden Township supervisor when a state police investigation uncovered the pornography in his possession, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.
"Child pornography is another link in the chain of depravity that binds victims of child abuse," Hogan said. "Anybody who possesses or distributes child pornography is helping to support the sexual abuse of defenseless kids."
The child pornography was first found on April 22 by a technician who was called by Reynolds' wife to service a home computer, according to court documents. The technician then reported what he found to state police, who subsequently executed a warrant to search the home.
Troopers seized from the home multiple computers, various forms of storage media, a pair of children's underwear and more than 500 still and video images of child pornography, said police, adding that the images included boys and girls as young as 3-years-old.
Reynolds, 51, was charged with 500 felony counts of sexual abuse of children -- possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
"Whatever your position in life, possession of child pornography is a one-way ticket to arrest, prosecution, and shame," Hogan said. "If we catch you with child porn, nobody will ever forget your name or your offense."
Reynolds has since resigned from his position with the township, Hogan said.
Reynolds' attorneys, Theodore Simon and Vince DiFabio, released the following statement on his behalf:
"Mr. Warren Reynolds is charged with solely possessing images of child pornography alone and in the privacy of his home obtained from the internet with a computer.
"Mr. Reynolds and his family have a long and distinguished history of doing good and charitable deeds in the Chester County and greater community. It is Mr. Reynolds' fervent hope to resolve this matter fairly so that in the near future Mr. Reynolds can return to the focus of his community, continue his family’s tradition of doing good and charitable deeds and seek to earn back his good name.
"Mr. Reynolds correctly chose to voluntarily resign as township supervisor prior to his surrender. He worked hard in his role as township supervisor and served with distinction in that capacity. The charges as alleged have nothing to do with his former service as a township supervisor."