Philip Ahr resigns after child pornography charges

Facing child pornography charges, Philip Ahr submitted his resignation Monday from the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners. The resignation of Ahr, who once served as president of the board, was expected to be formally accepted by the board at a meeting Monday night, said acting President Elaine Schaefer.

PhilipAhr, a 66-year-old Democrat, might be facing more than the 130 child pornography-related counts than have already been lodged against him. After he turned his township-issued iPad into township Manager Robert Zienkowski, Zienkowski asked a township detective to analyze it before it was turned over to another employee to use. The detective allegedly found “deeply concerning and disturbing” material on the device, police said. The iPad was turned over to Delaware County detectives who are handling the investigation.

On the device, Radnor Township officials discovered additional “suspicious or concerning” images and turned it over to Delaware County authorities, a District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said Tuesday. County forensic analysts planned to conduct a review of the iPad. It was not immediately clear when the images were obtained by Ahr or whether they were shared with anyone online. It was also unclear if Ahr could face additional charges because of the discovery.

He was arrested and charged Oct. 11 with multiple felony counts. Since at least 2013, Ahr allegedly sent and received hundreds of images of child sexual abuse, including some involving infants and toddlers, and animals. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 30. He has been free since posting $100,000 bail.

He is charged with sharing and seeking hundreds of images of children, some as young as infants and toddlers, being abused by adults. Since at least 2013, Ahr allegedly logged onto illicit chat rooms to distribute and discuss the images, often using the username “Daddy X” or “Daddy XX.”

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