Shamokin man charged with emailing photos of tot to plead guilty
SHAMOKIN - A city man accused of allegedly emailing pornographic images of a toddler plans to plead guilty in county court to felony offenses that call for a state prison sentence.
According to a case scheduling form signed by Abraham D. Gordon, 31, of 903 N. Shamokin St., the defendant has agreed to plead guilty at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 29 to sexual abuse of children, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, which can result in a 5- to 10-year state prison sentence.
Public defender Melissa Norton reserved comment when asked about her client's alleged consent to plead guilty to the offenses.
Gordon was charged Thursday by Trooper Christopher Hill and Detective Charles J. Balogh of the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office with 30 felony counts of sexual abuse of children and one felony count each of criminal use of a communication facility, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age and unlawful contact with a minor.
Hill and Balogh are members of the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crime Task Force and the state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Gordon, who waived all the charges to the Court of Common Pleas Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, remains in Northumberland County Prison after failing to post $30,000 cash bail.
Donning an orange county prison jumpsuit and sandals, Gordon appeared nervous while he answered a few questions posed by the judge. Gordon told Gembic he understood the ramifications of forfeiting his right to a hearing and moving the case to county court.
The investigation started July 31 when Google Inc. alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone using an email address registered to Gordon had uploaded five images of child pornography.
Police said the images were uploaded using a computer tablet and cell phone both registered with email addresses belonging to Gordon.
When police checked Gordon's Facebook account, with which the email address in question is also associated, they saw a picture of a person police said is a friend of Gordon's with the same boy who is in the pornographic images. Further investigation showed the friend once resided at Gordon's home.
Police brought Gordon in for questioning Friday, and he was in possession of a cell phone matching the model number of the one used to upload the images, according to police. Gordon allegedly admitted to making the images using the camera on his cell phone and emailing them.
Gordon said he met an individual online who requested such pictures and sent the images to the other person "in hopes of gaining their trust."
All five images depict a young male in front of an adult male with the adult's genitals exposed. In one image, the boy is touching the man's penis, police said.