County officer arrested in connection with child porn investigation

Christos Rallis. Source: Warrington Township Police

Authorities have confirmed that a Bucks County Department of Corrections officer has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Authorities say Christos Rallis, 51, of Warrington Township, is under investigation after Cybertip flagged his social media activity.

The information was provided to Warrington Township police and Bucks County detectives in March by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The report showed that a Kik Messenger user had sent images indicating suspected child sexual abuse, police said.

Police said Rallis’ account was linked after an investigation by local law enforcement.

Last week, Rallis surrendered to Warrington Township police and Bucks County detectives and was preliminarily arraigned before District Judge Stacy Wertman on charges of child pornography, dissemination of photographs or videos depicting sexual acts with children and conspiracy to commit criminal use of a means of communication.

Due to his work, Rallis was booked into the Montgomery County Correctional Facility and later released on 10 percent of his $250,000 bail.

James O’Malley, a Bucks County government spokesman, confirmed that Rallis, who began working for the county in February, was suspended as a corrections officer in late May as the investigation progressed.

Prior to his employment with the Bucks County Department of Corrections, Rallis worked in law enforcement in California. Public records and a LinkedIn account show he served as an officer in San Francisco. The LinkedIn profile has since been deleted and included a discussion of previous law enforcement experience.

Multiple outside agencies became involved in the investigation, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations divisions and the police departments in Bensalem Township, Falls Township, Hilltown Township, Lower Makefield Township, Middletown Township and Warwick Township.

Editor’s note: All persons arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Information from police and court documents was used for this story.

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