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Court date set for Palmerton man accused in sexual abuse

Published October 20. 2011 05:01PM

A Carbon County man accused of sexually abusing a minor and then recording the act will have his case heard in Carbon County Court.

Ryan Snyder, 21, of Palmerton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on charges of sexual abuse of children, corruption of minors, interception, disclosure or use of wire, electronic or oral communication, and invasion of privacy.

Instead, Snyder agreed to a waiver to a guilty plea. He is scheduled to appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1.

Snyder remains free on unsecured bail.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Nicolas De La Iglesia:

From mid-Oct. through mid-Dec. of 2010, the victim was engaged in a dating relationship with Snyder, according to the affidavit.

During this time frame, Snyder was aware of the victim's age, which was 17, the affidavit says.

The victim and Snyder engaged in consensual sex on multiple occasions during this time frame.

After Snyder and the victim ended their dating relationship, the victim became aware that without her consent, Snyder had recorded them having sex. This came to light when an unnamed person accidentally viewed on Snyder's laptop computer, the video footage of Snyder and the victim having sex. The unnamed person then told the victim about the video, and the victim came to PSP Lehighton to report this crime.

On Feb. 3, 2011, De La Iglesia interviewed Snyder at PSP Lehighton, at which time he admitted to recording the victim having sex with him, and further admitted that this was done without the victim's knowledge or consent.

Snyder related that he did not disseminate the video, and it was for his own viewing pleasure. He further related that the video of the sexual encounter was around 40 minutes long, and consisted of 30 minutes of conversation and 10 minutes of actual sexual intercourse.

Snyder further related that he used his laptop computer to record this sexual encounter, and upon finding out that the victim knew about this non-consensual recording, he deleted the file. Snyder related that the only person besides himself to have seen the video of the victim was the unnamed person, and that this was not an intentional viewing of said imagery. Snyder made a written statement on a non-custodial statement relating the above information.

He further related that the sex acts he had recorded took place at his residence in Towamensing Township.

Snyder's laptop computer was sent to the Computer Crimes Laboratory for a forensic analysis. This was done pursuant to a search warrant; however, Snyder also gave his written consent for said analysis.

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