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Ex-Palmerton, Tamaqua principal sentenced for child pornography

  • Bruce L. Krasley
    Bruce L. Krasley
Published October 10. 2012 05:03PM

A former Palmerton and Tamaqua principal has been sentenced to jail for distributing child pornography.

Bruce L. Krasley, 62, of Allentown, was sentenced on Tuesday to serve three to 23 months in jail by Lehigh County Judge Kelly L. Banach.

As part of his sentencing, Krasley will be allowed to enter the county's work-release program to perform his mandated 300 hours of community work service and undergo treatment.

He will serve five years of probation after his jail term. For the up to seven years that he's under supervision, Krasley is prohibited from viewing porn of any kind, and from access to the Internet.

Krasley was charged in March with possession of child pornography. Krasley pleaded guilty in June to sexual abuse of children by dissemination of child pornography, a felony that carries up to seven years in prison.

He must register as a sexual offender under Megan's Law for 25 years.

According to court records, Allentown police began an investigation against Krasley on Jan. 20, after he shared an explicit video of a young girl online. The video was eventually tracked to Krasley's home computer.

On March 2, police obtained a search warrant for Krasley's residence, where they found another explicit video on his computer; as well as photos of young girls. It was at this point that Krasley admitted to downloading nearly 40 child pornographic photos.

Krasley's desktop computer was seized at that time. He later surrendered a laptop computer.

Krasley served as the principal at Catasauqua Area High School for six years, until retiring in 2006. Prior to that, Krasley worked as the Palmerton Area High School principal from 1994 to 2000, and as Tamaqua Area High School principal from 1981 to 1994. He also served as an interim director for the Master of Education program at DeSales University.

He was also the former head football coach at Jim Thorpe Area High School for several years beginning in 1977.

He most recently worked in a grant-supported position for the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a facilitator to certify principals, and reportedly resigned from his position with PDE on March 3, the day after Allentown police detectives searched his home in their investigation into the alleged child porn possession.

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