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Area man charged as Internet predator

Published April 20. 2010 05:00PM

A Carbon County man was one of six recently arrested by the state attorney general as an alleged Internet predator.

Joshua D. Baer, 31, of 319 Watson Park Blvd., Lehighton, was among the six charged by the Child Predator Unit of the AG office.

Attorney General Tom Corbett is urging parents to make online safety part of their spring and summer family discussions.

He said, "Now, more than ever, it is important for families to discuss Internet safety, as warmer weather brings changes in school schedules and family activities." Corbett added, "As spring quickly gives way to summer vacation season, online predators are hoping that more teens will be home alone for longer periods of time and may be spending more time online chatting with their friends, playing games or just exploring the Internet."

According to Corbett, Baer, who went by the screen name "I love busty women 27," allegedly sent what he called "naughty" pictures during his chats with what he believed was a 14-year-old girl, including photos of his genitals.

Also arrested were Josef Graf, 70, of Charleroi, Washington County; Donald J. Ferrenberg, 26, of Ligonier, Westmoreland County; Terry Lynn Hackenberg, 46, of Jersey Shore, Lycoming County; Bryan Neal McLean, 44, of 212 Sunset Ave., Hanover, York County; and David T. Martin, 40, of Elkland, Tioga County.

Corbett said all the defendants are charged with various counts of unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a computer, felony charges which are punishable by up to seven years in jail and $15,000 in fines.

Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the AG's office by clicking on the "Report a Predator" link, located on the front page of the AG's website at or by calling the toll-free Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044.

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