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Updated: State Police Investigate Child Porn Found on Computer at Seven Fields Mayor’s Home

Troopers execute a search warrant at Mayor Ed Bayne’s home.

State police are investigating child pornography found on a computer in the home of Seven Fields Mayor Ed Bayne, according to a search warrant.

Troopers on Jan. 16 served a warrant to search the home on Graywyck Drive, according to the warrant issued by District Justice David Kovach. Occupants of the home include Bayne, his wife, Macrina Bayne, and two sons.

The investigators have not filed court documents detailing what they seized from the home.

But in an affidavit filed to obtain the warrant, state police computer-crimes investigators said they located a computer address that shared and downloaded child pornography in October. Investigators said they obtained a court order and traced that computer to the Graywyck Drive home, according to the affidavit.

Investigators said they found at least one file from a file-sharing network on the computer that shows a young girl of about 9 or 10 years old performing oral sex on an adult man, the search warrant said. The video was about five minutes long.

Cranberry police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said officers from the township department assisted state troopers in searching the home.

A neighbor of Bayne who declined to give his name said Graywyck Drive residents witnessed investigators carrying a computer and other electronics from the home Jan. 16.

The neighbor described Bayne as a nice man who often kept to himself and didn't participate in activities with the rest of the neigborhood. 

"It’s a pretty close-knit street," the neighbor said. "We know most of the people pretty well."

Neighbors were shocked when they learned the nature of the search warrant, he said.

"Everyone is just beyond horrified," the neighbor said.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Bayne is a managing principal at Xerox. His wife, Macrina Bayne, is a first-grade teacher at Haine Elementary in Cranberry, according to the Seneca Valley School District.

District spokeswoman Linda Andreassi declined to speak about Macrina Bayne, but said she has not requested a leave of absence.

"As this is an ongoing investigation, the district reserves making comments at this time,” she said.

Seven Fields Manager Tom Smith said he and borough council members are aware the search warrant was executed at Bayne’s home.

“We’re aware that there is an ongoing criminal investigation,” he said.

He added Bayne’s future as mayor of the borough likely will be discussed at an upcoming council meeting. No protocol exists to remove a mayor, Smith said.

Smith pointed out Bayne has not been charged with any offenses. Until charges are filed, the borough will take no action, he said.

Calls to Bayne’ home were unanswered today.

Smith said he has not spoken to Bayne since investigators searched his home. The mayor missed council’s last meeting Jan. 14. Smith said he received an email the day after the meeting in which the mayor explained he missed the meeting because of a family matter.

Bayne was appointed mayor of the borough in 2006 to replace Bruce Daubner, who moved to Columbus, Ohio. He was elected in 2009. His term ends Dec. 31, 2013

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Frank Essek January 25, 2013 at 01:30 AM
“Putzgrab – an overly dramatic or sensational newspaper, internet, or television headline that is designed to grab the reader’s attention.” The guy’s name is printed . Where he lives is printed. Where he works is printed. His wife’s name is printed. Where his wife works is printed. How many kids he has is printed. All this before an arrest is made. Why not tell us who the grandparents are and where they live and work? How about their friend’s names and addresses? Why not get statements from neighbors they say they saw other neighbors going into the house? What were they doing in there? Was there a group porn viewing? I think their names should be printed also. This article is proof that “inquiring minds want to know”. Knowing that there are people right now looking at porn on their computers makes me sick. I’m only a little less sick knowing this entire family’s reputation is now destroyed regardless of what happens because of news stories like this. Stories like this are known as “pornography to the inquiring mind”. I now have to hope a search warrant is not issued for my house because I read this article.
Catalina January 25, 2013 at 01:43 AM
According to the article, "investigators said they found at least one file from a file-sharing network on the computer." It could be that someone else did it but because they share networks, the information appeared in his computer. (?) I have this concern because one day pictures of people I do not know appeared in my brand new computer.
Lady Blake January 25, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Indeed, Mr Essek. We do want to know it all, right now! We want to circle the wagons and protect ourselves. Reject, refute and obliterate the awful things that are now commonplace in our worlds. As we should. However, in our rush to do that, are we throwing innocent, unsuspecting people under the bus? Let the cops flesh it out. We are all on alert. If it was his kid(s) and there are, in fact, several other videos of this same disgusting nature, stop the little $hit right now, get him help. If it was the mayor, prosecute him in every legal way. Until we know, back off, let them breathe and deal with this horrendous situation. More than likely it was one perpetrator. Don't hang the rest of the family, have some mercy for them. Wouldn't you deserve the same?
Waiting resident January 27, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I don't think we should jump to any conclusions or assume that anyone from that residence is guilty of anything... The worst thing you can do is drag an innocent man through the mud... My biggest concern is with people saying it could just be boys being boys or pubescent curiosity ... I think that is a harmful view to take ... Lets hope people jumped the gun and a lot of people will owe that family apologies ... But let's not ever say, regardless if its one file or 400, that child porn is something that can be poo-pooed as innocent curiosity...
SpendingMaster May 15, 2013 at 08:55 PM
It shouldn't come as a surprise now that he won't run for reelection. Never saw this coming. It's been awhile since this. I wonder if there have been any updates.

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