Lackawanna County Worker Facing Child Porn Charges


SCRANTON, Pa. -- A Lackawanna County employee is charged with nearly 100 counts of having child porn on his computer.

Theodore Karampalis resigned from his job with the county's IT department on Thursday about 24 hours after county detectives arrived at his home in Scranton.

They were following up on a tip from the Department of Homeland Security.

Karampalis was a senior programmer and systems analyst in Lackawanna County's IT department. He was mysteriously suspended from his job Wednesday, hours after the district attorney's office served a search warrant at his home on North Irving Avenue in Scranton's Hill Section.

Court papers show that while there, detectives found several hard drives containing images of child pornography.

Karampilas admitted to sharing the images using the app "Kik." The app notified the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Officials there reached out to the Lackawanna County district attorney.

According to court papers, Karampilas sometimes used his county-issued laptop and cellphone to view the images.

He told investigators that he has never sexually abused a child but has looked at child porn for decades.

Detectives say that he told his mother, "I've been looking at these types of images since I was a teenager. I got older, but the girls didn't."

Karampilas was arraigned on 96 felony counts of child pornography. He's locked up in the Lackawanna County Prison on $100,000 bail.

1 Comment

  • Colin D. Healey

    Sad fact is too many county employees have and use county issued laptops and cell phones for personal use, MOST of them don’t even need or require laptops or cell phones for their jobs. This goes totally unchecked or policed by county officials and it’s ALL on taxpayers dime!

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