A Carbon County judge ordered numerous photos of young boys removed from the home of the Coaldale mayor, who is charged with downloading images of young men engaged in sexual acts.
Judge Steven R. Serfass ordered the county adult probation office to remove the photos from the home of Richard P. Corkery, 72, of 249 W. Early Ave., Coaldale, following a hearing held Monday morning on a petition to modify bail in the case that was filed by the county district attorney's office.
At the hearing probation officer Jillian McGinley, who is supervising Corkery, testified she went to his home on July 27 as part of her duties in supervising him while on bail. She said she became concerned due to the large number of photographs of young males throughout the entire home.
She said none of the photos were illicit in nature and all the males pictured were fully clothed. She added, however, due to the nature of the charges pending against Corkery, she felt it was inappropriate for the photos to remain in the home.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph Matika, who is prosecuting the case, asked that the photos be removed and kept by the probation office until the case is disposed of.
Defense Attorney Nicholas Quinn objected saying none of the photos were illicit, not part of a crime, not evidence in a crime, but were part of his client's past involvement in youth activities.
Serfass granted Matika's motion and said the photos should be removed as soon as possible. He agreed that due to the nature of the charges the photos should be removed. In fact, he ordered the probation office to immediately go the Corkery's residence and remove the photos. He also said the office should make an inventory of the photos removed from the home so that they can be returned to Corkery at the appropriate time.
Reportedly, the probation office removed numerous boxes of photographs of young males, ranging in ages of 8-13.
Corkery was arrested by Nesquehoning police following an investigation. Police said during the period of Feb. 15 and March 28 Corkery logged on his computer at his work, searched for teenage boys and downloaded 34 images of young men engaged in sexual acts, 28 of whom were determined to be teenagers.
Nesquehoning police received a complaint about Corkery and obtained a search warrant for his workplace, then at radio station WLSH. The computer was seized and the photos found. Corkery was fired from his job at the radio station.
Corkery was charged with 28 counts of child pornography. He was arraigned on the counts and released on $50,000 unsecured bail with conditions.
Yesterday some more conditions were added to the bail. Serfass granted the following changes in the bail piece.
Corkery is permitted to attend daily church services but not on Wednesdays, because that is when children are at the service. He is also permitted to leave his home and go to the home of a neighbor. He can also attend high school JV and varsity football games, but only in the company of his neighbor.
Corkery waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the case. It has been indicated that he will enter a plea agreement with the DA office and plead to all the pending charges.