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Salem man charged with possessing 12 child porn images, video

SALEM – A 42-year-old man is facing charges that he had a child pornography collection on his computer that included photos and a video of young girls.

Mark Dawaliby, of Salem was ordered held at the Rockingham County jail on $50,000 cash bail following his arraignment Monday in 10th Circuit Court, Salem Division.

Dawaliby was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography and eight counts of possession of child sex abuse images, police said. The girls shown in the photos and video are believed to be between ages 7 and 9 years old, police said.

“These cases are always tough to work,” Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten said. “These images: they're not only disgusting, they're illegal. He's facing the charges he should face.”

Dawaliby was arrested on Saturday at his home around 11:12 a.m. without incident.

The charges were brought after a months-long investigation by the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Salem police detectives who focus on juvenile matters.

ICAC investigators learned in March about a computer at Dawaliby's home that was downloading child pornography, Patten said.

The Internet Protocol address – or IP address – to the computer was traced to a Salem address, according to Patten.

That led police to execute a search warrant on Dawaliby's home in March to seize computer and other media devices from the residence, police said.

A forensic examination of the machine found 12 images and 1 video containing child pornography, involving the young girls, according to police.

All 13 charges filed against Dawaliby are felonies. Eight of them are Class A felonies, each punishable by up to 7½ to 15 years in state prison.

Dawaliby will be due back in circuit court within in the next 10 days for a probable cause hearing, where he will have an opportunity to challenge evidence leading to his arrest.

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