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Monroe man arrested as child predator

Published December 07. 2010 05:00PM

A Monroe County man has been arrested by the state Attorney General's Child Predator Unit for sending multiple sexually explicit webcam videos to what he believed was a 14-year-old girl.

John Lehosky, 62, Saylorsburg R.5, was charged with seven counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene and 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 fines.

He was arraigned Dec. 2 before Stroudsburg District Judge Jolana Krawitz, who set bail at $50,000. Lehosky is also prohibited from using the Internet and may not have any unsupervised contact with minors. A preliminary hearing before Krawitz is scheduled for Jan. 3, 2011, at 10 a.m.

According to a press release from Attorney General Tom Corbett, Lehosky, using the screen name "john77877," used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent from the Child Predator Unit who was using the online profile of a 14-year old girl. During their initial chat, which purportedly occurred while Lehosky was vacationing with his family, he is accused of asking the girl if she wanted to "help him in the shower" - followed immediately by webcam video that allegedly showed Lehosky nude and performing a sex act in front of his computer.

According to the criminal complaint, Lehosky repeatedly contacted the "girl," sending numerous sexually graphic webcam videos. He also allegedly asked the girl if she would remove her clothes while chatting with him online, along with proposing that they meet in person - telling her, "wanna be naked with you."

Lehosky was arrested on Dec. 2 by agents from the Child Predator Unit, assisted by state police at Lehighton. Agents also seized Lehosky's computer, which will be analyzed by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.

His was the 281st arrest by the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit since January 2005. The case will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Christopher J. Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit.

Corbett urged parents to keep their children safe while using the Internet. As the holiday season begins, he urged parents to spend additional time with their children reviewing the importance of Internet safety, especially if they are receiving new computers, game systems, cell phones or other electronic devices.

Corbett said that Internet predators operate in many different ways. Some spend lengthy periods of time building a relationship with a child before arranging to meet them for sex. Others may send nude photos or sexually explicit videos to children within the first few minutes of an initial online chat.

"Computer and cell phone technology make it fast and easy to send messages, photos and video, and many of the men arrested by the Child Predator Unit began sexually graphic discussions during their first online conversations with what they think are children," Corbett said. "Parents should regularly review Internet safety with children because their use of the Internet changes depending on their age and the devices they have access to, along with the online activities of their friends."

He urged parents to monitor the following:. Know what your children are doing online.. Understand the websites they use and who they are communicating with.. Review their pages on MySpace, Facebook or other online profiles.. Talk to them about the dangers of face-to-face meeting with strangers.. Do your own research - use Google or other Internet searches to see what your children, or their friends, may be posting online.

Additionally, Corbett said that parents who are giving new game systems or other electronic devices as holiday gifts should review additional safety tips:. Many systems and games allow kids to play with people around the world - friends and strangers alike - and to send and receive messages.. Children should not reveal personal information, like their names, ages or addresses.. Monitor their communication with others.

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