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Article published January 28, 2013

Mayor’s computer tied to investigation

Jared Stonesifer
Cranberry Eagle

SEVEN FIELDS — State police last week executed a search warrant at the home of Mayor Ed Bayne and confiscated computers that allegedly contained child pornography.

State police downloaded 24 files from the computer at his house, according to the search warrant obtained Wednesday at District Judge Dave Kovach’s office in Cranberry Township.
They discovered the images in October while investigating a peer-to-peer file sharing network. After downloading the files, they were able to find the specific Internet provider address of the computer, which led them to Bayne’s house.
Police on Jan. 16 got the search warrant from Kovach and executed it that day. It’s not clear if or when charges will be filed.
Bayne, who has not been charged, had no comment.
Seven Fields Manager Tom Smith said Wednesday that he was aware of the investigation by the state police, but added that “we defer all comments and questions to them.”
Smith also said borough council won’t deal with the matter until its next meeting which is Feb. 11. Additionally, he said council has no authority to remove Bayne from office.
Sgt. Chuck Mascellino of the Cranberry Township police said officers from the department were present during the search, but added they have no part in the investigation.
Seven Fields has a contract with Cranberry Township police to patrol the borough.
Seven Fields council appointed Bayne as mayor Aug, 14, 2006, to fill out the remainder of a former mayor’s term. He was re-elected by voters in 2009 and his term expires at the end of this year.
Calls to the state police in Butler were not immediately returned.