Blue Ridge Summit man in training to be a Marine arrested on child porn charges in PA

19 March 2024- A multi-state, multi-jurisdictional group of law enforcement officials have announced charges for a Blue Ridge Summit man on child porn possession charges in Pennsylvania. Ryan Martin Menton is charged with felony child pornography possession and felony criminal use of a communications facility. Menton is currently behind bars in Franklin County jail on $100,000 bail.

All the way back on May 4th, 2023, Pennsylvania State Police were made aware of a cyber tip filed by Google after someone allegedly uploaded child porn to their Google Drive cloud storage system. Troopers were given access to the IP Address of that individual, as well as their DOB, Gmail account info, and phone number associated with it. The email associated with the account seemed to allude to belonging to someone with a name similar to “rmenton”.

A subpoena was filed with Comcast for the subscriber’s information associated with the IP address the officers already had, with it turning up a home on Monterey Lane in Blue Ridge Summit. That active account, PSP say, belonging to Ryan Menton.

A search warrant was applied for and granted for Menton’s home. Menton, however, was not there when it was executed because he was in California’s Camp Pendleton for US Marine Corps training. Due to that, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) was called to assist in picking up Menton.

PSP say that through NCIS Menton was taken into custody the day of the search warrant execution, February 2nd of 2024. During the initial interviews, PSP say that Mention advised them he would not give them passcodes for some devices and requested a lawyer. Forensic cyber experts were brought in to comb through a number of Menton’s devices that were seized.

In total, PSP say they found 636 image files recovered depicting subjects under the age of 18 performing sexual acts. Some of those were watermarked with LS Models, a company called Lolita Sex Models. The company is a foreign owned entity that “disseminates Child Sexual Exploitation Material”. Those files, investigators say, were found on a computer tower belonging to Menton that had a number of registry items that show a connection to the aforementioned Google accounts.

Ryan Menton remains behind bars on $100,000 bail.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39302-CR-0000049-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-124354