ATLAS - A man who previously spent time in prison for taking nude pictures of a minor is once again in trouble with the law; this time, for possession of child pornography.

Michael Rusinko Jr., 46, of 124 W. Girard St., Atlas, was charged by Mount Carmel Township Police with four counts of sexual abuse of children-possession of child pornography. He was arraigned on the charges on Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, of Mount Carmel, and placed in Northumberland County Prison on $50,000 bail.

According to court documents filed by Mount Carmel Township Police Patrolman Daniel Politza, the case started when police were contacted by Rusinko's nephew, Coty, who was living with him at the time.

Coty Rusinko told police he located three DVDs on a shelf where his uncle keeps his model paint and he put the DVDs in his computer to see what they were. Coty said the DVDs contained child pornography videos.

Coty confronted Michael about the DVDs, but the elder Rusinko denied knowing about them and told Coty to throw them away.

The nephew told police he was very upset and cracked one DVD in half, threw a second one at Michael and then struck Michael in the face before leaving to go to the police.

Coty Rusinko told the officers he was aware of his uncle's past and knew Michael was on the Megan's Law website.

Upon checking the DVD that Coty provided, police found five videos containing various females who appear to be minors performing various sexual acts.

Coty later called the Northumberland County 911 Center and said his uncle had left the residence and taken his laptop with him.

Photos found

Coty said he also found several pictures of naked females inside an envelope.

The nephew then gave the broken discs and the pictures to police, who reported in the court documents the investigation into the photographs is ongoing.

Coty told police he recognized two of the females in the pictures. Time stamps on the pictures range from 2007 to 2009. Police said if the time stamps are correct, one or both of the females may have been under the age of 18 when they were taken.

Police served a search warrant on Rusinko's home on Wednesday and recovered several cell phones, a Kodacolor VR film canister and several computer parts. When police asked Michael Rusinko about the laptop, he told officers he threw his laptop in the Susquehanna River in Catawissa because it was broken.

Previous crime

Michael Rusinko has served time for a similar crime. In February 2009, Rusinko pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal solicitation of photographing, filming or depicting on a computer a sexual act of a child, and was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison and four years of probation. Crimes of corruption of minors and criminal contact with a minor-sexual abuse were ruled nolle prossed, not prosecuted, in the case.