Cambridge man charged with child porn offenses: U.S. Attorney

The feds on Thursday arrested a Cambridge man and charged him with child pornography offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Robert Wharton, 31, was charged in a criminal complaint with receiving and possessing child pornography.

Following an initial appearance in federal court in Boston via video conference, Wharton was detained pending a probable cause and detention hearing.

During the investigation, federal agents said they learned that a user of the Kik messaging app had sent funds to another person in exchange for access to website links containing child pornography. The investigation revealed that those funds originated from Wharton — and that Wharton lived in a Cambridge apartment, prosecutors said.

On Thursday during a search of Wharton’s apartment, federal agents said they found Kik messages that Wharton had exchanged with the person to whom he had sent funds.

Also, they discovered images and videos depicting naked children on Wharton’s phone, including a pornographic video that Wharton had received via the Telegram messaging app, charges state. The video depicts a young child performing oral sex on an adult.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding the case should call 617-748-3274.

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