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'Cybertip' leads to arrest of man on rape, child porn charges

A "cybertip" reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest of a Cattaraugus County man on rape and child pornography charges, according to the State Police.

Robert Scott Donovan, 47, of Machias was arrested on several charges Monday after the center informed State Police of possible criminal activity and a search warrant was executed at Donovan's residence.

Robert Scott Donovan (Photo provided by State Police)

Following an investigation, Donovan was charged with felony counts of third-degree rape, promoting a sexual performance by a child, first-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor, second- and third-degree criminal sex act. He was also charged with misdemeanors of endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Donovan was processed on the charges at the State Police station in Machais and arraigned in Machias Town Court, where he was ordered to be held on bail in the Cattaraugus County Jail.

The NCMEC's CyberTipline, according to the agency's web site, "is a centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children." NCMEC says its staff reviews each tip and "works to find a potential location for the incident reported so that it may be made available to the appropriate law-enforcement agency for possible investigation."

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