A man from Nescopeck pleaded guilty in February to 100 counts of CP possession and he has been sentenced to complete up to two years in jail after his sentencing. The accused had been identified as Eric S. Williams of aged 41 years. He had appeared before Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr, Luzerne County Judge, for sentencing on Tuesday.
The court records showed that Williams had entered a guilty plea on 100 counts of CP possession in February. The prosecutors withdrew other charges while pursuing a plea deal.
In July 2020, the accused was arrested. The Luzerne County District Attorney’s office, along with the West Hazleton police, had executed a search warrant at the accused’s residence connected to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The State police Northeast Computer Crime unit had also supported them.
In early last July, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had tipped off the detectives. They alleged that the accused had downloaded five images of the suspected child porn. The tip contained the accused email address and phone number.
The cops had mentioned that after the execution of the search warrant, they discovered over 200 images of children indulging in sexual acts. All of his CP possession were stored on his computer.
In an interview, the accused had stated to the detectives that he had used the Tor browser. It is a kind of browser that is used to locate dark webnternet sites. He had also used Google to search for the images.
Apparently, the accused had admitted during his first interview with cops that he is drawn towards girls of age group 10-12. He also confessed that he has been viewing child pornography when he was about 21 years old, two decades ago.
During the sentencing of the accused on Tuesday, the judge had ordered the accused to spend between 10 and 24 months in prison, following which he will be spending seven years on probation.
The accused was given 318 days of credit time served. He was put above the minimum sentence time. However, the judge ordered that the accused have to apply for parole, and he will not be immediately paroled.
After the discovery of the accused’s CP possession, it was determined that he was not a sexually violent predator. He is required to register as a tier-one sexual offender. He was also ordered to go through sexual offender counselling, and he will not have any unsupervised contact with the minors. He has also been instructed to make a good trust effort in the bid to receive his GED.
The accused was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
Source: Yahoo News
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