Warfordsburg man charged with accessing child porn on his flip phone while on parole

13 December 2023- A parole check on a man on the Megan’s Law offender list yields bookmarked websites and browsing data for child porn sites online. Robert John Taylor is charged with one felony count of child pornography and while he was given an unsecured bail of $50,000, Taylor is listed as being housed at the SCI Smithfield in Huntingdon, PA.

On September 14th, Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg were alerted to a report of possession of child pornography by a member of the state parole force. That PO was conducting a house check on Robert Taylor when he accessed the latter’s gray TCL flip phone. During the check of the phone, the PO allegedly found numerous videos and pictures of both male and female juveniles engaged in sexual acts. When questioned about it, Taylor allegedly told his PO that he recently became aware of his phone’s internet capabilities and thus had started looking at child porn on it. Taylor’s PO said that the videos were “bookmarked” for easy access by Taylor and seemed to show children between the ages of 10-14.

PSP interviewed Taylor later that day at their headquarters in McConnellsburg. During the interview, Taylor was allegedly very candid with officers, stating that he had predilection for child pornography. Taylor allegedly indicated that he had his “first charge”, likely the conviction for 3rd degree sexual assault in West Virginia that currently show’s in his Megan’s Law lookup, during his first marriage.

During the interview, Taylor allegedly told police he was “fighting these demons for a long time” and exactly how he had accessed the child porn through his phone. He continued, allegedly telling police he was diagnosed with a mental health disorder that made him this way. Police say Taylor acted remorseful, saying he didn’t want to do these things but that something compelled him to.

After the interview, Taylor was transported to SCI Smithfield by State Parole and placed into confinement on a parole violation. His cell phone was submitted to evidence and a search warrant was executed the next day on it. Police say that they found the child pornography in the exact way that Taylor told them they would, including the languages of the website in question that he accessed them on.

Robert John Taylor, as previously mentioned, was convicted of 3rd degree sex assault in West Virginia previously, with an offense date of June 1st, 2015 and a conviction as of March 11th, 2019. The victim was described by authorities as a minor. His full Megan’s Law information can be found here.

Taylor is behind bars at SCI Smithfield. He is currently awaiting court paperwork for the next step in Fulton County Central Court.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39403-CR-0000097-2023, Incident No.: PA 2023-1212549,