- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania child welfare caseworker accused of possessing child pornography has waived his hearing on the charges.

Forty-four-year-old Michael Smith of Pleasant Hills was arrested Sept. 1 and charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility.

Smith appeared before a district judge in Allegheny County but waived the charges. He remains free on non-monetary bond.

Police in central Pennsylvania started investigating in April after finding that child pornography was being shared by a computer believed to be Smith’s. Police say they found more than 800 explicit images.

Smith is on unpaid leave from the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families. Officials said the allegations are not connected to his job.

Smith’s formal arraignment in Common Pleas court is scheduled Oct. 27.

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