Schuylkill County man among five arrested as Internet predators
A Schuylkill County man was among five arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office as Internet predators.
Attorney General Tom Corbett made the announcement of the recent arrests of the five. Included in the five is a Lancaster County man accused of using Facebook to sexually proposition his biological daughter, an EMT from Philadelphia who sent nude photos and pornography to what he believed were 13-year-old girls and a delivery truck driver from Pittsburgh accused of exposing himself to undercover agents via webcam and asking the "girls" if they had any friends online who would be interested in seeing nude videos.
Arrrested from Schuylkill County was Timothy A. Gehres,22, a parapegal, of 205 E. Center St., Donaldson. Gehres allegedly used Internet chat rooms to approach two agents who were using the undercover identities of 13-year-old girls from Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
According to the criminal complaint, Gehres sent several webcam videos that showed him nude and engaging in sexual activity in front of his computer. Gehres also repeatedly urged the girls to meet him for sex.
Gehres was arrested on Sept. 23 by agents from the child Predator Unit, assisted by Tremont police and state police.
He was charged with 10 counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene or sexual materials) and one count of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
Gehres was arraigned before a district judge and committed to the county prison in Pottsville in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29.
Also arrested were John Christopher Forehand, 39, of Lititz, Lancaster County; Frank W. Bonacci, 27, of Pittsburgh; Michael Edward Quartucci, 27, of Philadelphia; and Timothy D. Anderson, 42, of Lancaster.
Forehand is accused of allegedly using the Facebook social networking website to locate and sexually proposition his own biological daughter, calling himself, "Bad Daddy."
The criminal complaint states Forehand proposed meeting the girl for sex and explained the graphic detail the sex acts, telling her, "not many other fathers and daughters are this brave, so not many of them are so lucky to experience all these pleasures." Corbett said the girl alerted her mother who contacted Ephrata police.
Forehand was arrested on Oct. 7 when he arrived at a predetermined meeting location. He was lodged in the Lancaster County prison in lieu of $400,000 bail on one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse), a first-degree felony.
Quartucci, an emergency medical technician, is accused of sending nude photos and pornography to what he believed were 13-year-old girls from Norristown and Pittsburgh. He was arrested on Sept. 14 and charged with 16 counts of unlawful contact wiht a minor (related to obscene or sexual materials) and one count of criminal use of a cmputer, all third-degree felonies. Arraignment in Montgomery County court is pending, Corbett said.
Bonacci, a delivery truck driver, is accused of using Internet chat rooms to sexually proposition what he believed were two 13-year-old girls from Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
He is charged with five counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene or sexual materials) and one count of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies.
He was arrested on Sept. 16 and lodged in the Dauphin County prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Anderson, a self-employed computer salesman, is alleged to have sent text messages to sexually proposition a 14-year-old Lancaster County girl after finding the girl's cell phone number on Myspace social networking website. The girl alerted her parents about the suspicious messages and her parents contacted the state police.
He was arrested on Sept. 11 and charged with one count of unlawful contact wiht a minor (related to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse), a first-degree felony. He is also charged with one count of unlawful contact wiht a minor (related to statutory sexual assault), a second degree felony, and one count of criminal use of a computer, a third-degree felony.
Anderson was released on $100,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing on Oct. 29.
Corbett urged parents to regularly discuss online safety with their children and to actively monitor how their children use the Internet, including:
What websites they visit; what social networking sites they frequent (Myspace, Facebook, etc.); the importance of not sharing personal information with strangers (names, ages, addresses, schools or other identifying information); avoiding strangers who approach them online; and reporting any contact with individuals who engage in sexual discussions or attempt to send graphic photos or videos.
Corbett said predators know that the start of a new school year triggers differences in Internet use, changes in family schedules and increases in the amount of time that kids may be alone or unsupervised at home.