Mifflinburg man accuse of possessing child pornography headed to Union County Court

Mar. 19—MIFFLINBURG — More than four dozen child pornography and related charges filed against a Mifflinburg man are headed to Union County Court of Common Pleas.

Kayshawn Farnsworth, 21, of Wildwood Drive, Mifflinburg, appeared in front of Mifflinburg District Judge Jeffrey Mensch for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday morning. The judge determined that all charges would be bound to county court.

Farnsworth is charged with 52 felonies: 25 counts of dissemination of photographs/film of child sex acts, 25 counts of possessing child pornography, and one count each of unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility; and a misdemeanor count of possessing an instrument of crime. The charges were filed by Mifflinburg Patrolman David P. Shaffer.

Farnsworth is scheduled to appear in Union County Court at 8:30 a.m. May 6 for a formal arraignment in front of county Judge Michael Piecuch.

Farnsworth was allegedly found with 25 videos of child pornography on his cellphone, police said. He allegedly admitted that he started viewing child pornography in 2022. He allegedly said he gained access to chat rooms to exchange videos and photography of underage people, police said.

Farnsworth is also accused of buying a 16-year-old girl gift cards in exchange for photographs, as well as asking a 14-year-old girl to send him photographs and to meet up for sex, police said.

Farnsworth was arraigned on March 8 and committed to Union County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.