Cell Phone Error Message Leads to Child Pornography Arrest

A New York man who took his cell phone to a repair shop for error messages was arrested after images of child pornography were found in it, FBI officials say.

Robert Scharff, 45, of Brooklyn, was ordered held without bail following his arrest Tuesday. A service technician at a Manhattan Sprint PCS store found the images on a memory card while working on the phone on Jan. 21.

When Scharff returned later that day to pick up the phone, he was told that it had been "sent out," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York.

A subsequent search of Scharff's apartment two days later yielded roughly 200 additional images of child pornography.

Scharff faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of producing child pornography and receiving child pornography.

Philip Weinstein, Scharff's attorney, could not be reached for comment.