SHAMOKIN - A preliminary hearing for a Ranshaw man charged with possessing 700 images of child pornography on his computer has been continued until Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the request of the arresting officer.

Alan Donald Coveleskie, 63, of 408 Webster St., who remains incarcerated at the county jail, was initially scheduled to face a hearing on the felony offenses Tuesday morning before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III. But the proceeding was continued at the request of Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan.

Coveleskie, who is a Megan's Law offender, was charged Thursday with three counts of sexual abuse of children (child pornography and dissemination of photographs), and two counts each of criminal use of a communication facility and corruption of minors.

He is accused of possessing 700 images of child pornography on his computer and displaying some of them to teenage boys.

A 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old male from Coal Township told police they observed child pornography on Coveleskie's Hewlett Packard Pavilion computer at his residence between 2011 and 2012. They said Coveleskie offered them cigarettes to come to his home.

On Dec. 19, a search warrant was obtained for the home, where officers removed numerous items including his computer, which was turned over May 24 to the state Attorney General's Office for a forensic examination.

On July 30, the exam was completed and revealed 700 images of child pornography and numerous pictures of boys smoking cigarettes.

One of the victims told police he saw a picture on the computer's background of two boys who were naked and smoking.