Blair County prosecutors use trafficking of minors charge for first time
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. - Blair County prosecutors have charged two people with trafficking of minors for the first time in the history of the county.
Stephen Apostulo, 30, and Kara Tornatore, 28, are both facing more than 40 counts related to a child pornography ring in Altoona.
"Protecting the children of our community from those who would prey on them is one of the most paramount responsibilities of a prosecutor and one of our highest priorities," said Assistant District Attorney Nichole Smith.
Prosecutors said the charges stem from electronic items that were seized that had pictures and videos depicting children victimized as a result of sexual abuse.
One victim who was interviewed told police that she was sexually abused by Apostulo and Tornatore this year, according to prosecutors.
The investigation into the ring began after Apostulo was arrested in June in a robbery investigation.
Police said during that interview that he admitted he was addicted to child pornography and an investigation was launched. Apsotulo was arraigned Thursday morning and is in the Bedford County Jail on $500,000 straight bail.
Investigators said Tornatore fled to Florida after Apostulo's June arrest and was taken into custody by deputies in Pasco County. She was awaiting extradition back to Blair County.
A second woman, Amy Brosch, was charged in June for her role in the ring.
Investigators said this is a very active investigation and anyone with additional information should contact Altoona police or state police in Hollidaysburg.