Hearing Set Today On Skippack Man’s Charges

Hearing Set Today On Skippack Man's Charges

William A. Davis

SKIPPACK PA – A 52-year-old Skippack man is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing today (Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016) on multiple felony charges of dissemination of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele announced, following an investigation jointly conducted by East Norriton Township Police and the and the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

William A. Davis, who was arrested on the allegations last week (Dec. 1, 2016), is scheduled for the hearing before Magisterial District Judge Ester J. Casillo. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney M. Stewart Ryan, captain of the Sex Crimes Unit. Davis earlier was arraigned in front of Casillo, and was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Steele said that during September, East Norriton Township Detective Michael Henricks was conducting an undercover, electronic communications operation on the Internet. The investigation located a computer specifically configured to anonymously share files with others. When Henricks directly connected to this computer, he electronically received 73 sexually explicit files.

A review determined 24 of the files depicted children younger than age 18 engaged in sexual acts or sexually explicit poses. The investigation allegedly traced the computer to Davis’ home. Detectives executed a search warrant there and seized his computer. Forensic examination of the computer found 19 sexually explicit images and videos of child pornography.

Major crimes detectives of the county Detective Bureau, along with specially trained and sworn detectives from police departments in Montgomery County, routinely work with the task force to protect children from predators by aggressively and proactively investigating Internet crimes that exploit children.

Photos from Google Images, and the county District Attorney’s office