Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Child Porn Suspect Dies in Tumble on Matterhorn Butler County Man Hiking in Switzerland

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Child Porn Suspect Dies in Tumble on Matterhorn Butler County Man Hiking in Switzerland

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A Butler County man who fell to his death last week on the Matterhorn in Switzerland was due in court today to face 52 child pornography counts.

Patrick J. Harper, 52, of Penn Township, was hiking on the mountain Dec. 26 when he fell 500 feet near the town of Zermatt. Swiss authorities said his body was discovered in steep, rocky terrain next to a ski slope. A helicopter extricated the body from the mountain.

Mr. Harper's family members refused to comment Tuesday at his home, where they were all gathering.

But his sister and mother told USA Today last week that he was vacationing with his wife, Beth, and wanted to re-create a collage of pictures he took when he had climbed the mountain in 2007.

Mr. Harper, an engineer, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police in November on numerous counts of possession of child pornography stemming from a 2014 investigation. …

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