Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Rose arose@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @arosedelco on Twit­ter

ME­DIA COURT­HOUSE » A 57-year-old Philadel­phia man who re­ferred to him­self as a “dirty old Santa” in mes­sages to what he be­lieved was a 14-year-old girl was sen­tenced to one to two years in a state prison Mon­day af­ter plead­ing guilty to so­lic­i­ta­tion to statu­tory sex­ual as­sault, a first-de­gree felony.

Wil­liam T. McKin­lay, 56, of the 900 block of Marcella Street, was also sen­tenced to eight years of con­sec­u­tive sex of­fender pro­ba­tion and must reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender for life un­der the ne­go­ti­ated plea worked out by As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Chris Boggs and de­fense coun­sel Glen Hoff­man.

McKin­lay, a father of two, was ar­rested June 21 at an ice cream par­lor in Ri­d­ley Town­ship, where he be­lieved he would be meet­ing a 14-year-old girl he had been cor­re­spond­ing with on­line. The “girl” was ac­tu­ally Ri­d­ley Town­ship Of­fi­cer Ti­mothy Kear­ney, a mem­ber of the Delaware County In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task Force.

Kear­ney be­gan his in­ves­ti­ga­tion April 12 by pos­ing as “Stephanie” to an­swer an ad­ver­tise­ment posted on a so­cial me­dia web­site seek­ing “young uns,” ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause filed by Kear­ney and county De­tec­tive Ed­mond J. Pisani Jr., an­other mem­ber of the task force.

An in­di­vid­ual iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as “Will” ini­tially re­sponded through the web­site’s mes­sag­ing ser­vice. He then pro­vided an email ad­dress and be­gan ex­chang­ing mes­sages with “Stephanie” through Google Han­gouts, the af­fi­davit states.

Af­ter learn­ing her age, “Will” be­gan hav­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit con­ver­sa­tions with the teen.

“Dur­ing the course of the last month, ‘Will’ has ex­plained to ‘Stephanie’ how to mas­tur­bate and or­dered her to do ‘home­work.’ This in­volved her learn­ing how to mas­tur­bate her­self, pro­vided in graphic de­tail by ‘Will,’” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

“Stephanie” told “Will” that she did not have a cam­era phone be­cause she had re­cently got­ten into trou­ble for tak­ing pic­tures of her­self. On May 30, “Will” sent “Stephanie” a pho­to­graph of his erect pe­nis, as well as a pic­ture in which he made a ges­ture of oral sex.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ob­tained sub­scriber in­for­ma­tion and a tele­phone num­ber for the so­cial me­dia ad­ver­tise­ment, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. The phone num­ber was sub­se­quently matched to McKin­lay at the Marcella Street ad­dress.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors then searched Pen­nDOT records and found a driver’s li­cense for McKin­lay. The li­cense pho­to­graph matched the pic­tures “Will” had sent to “Stephanie,” the af­fi­davit states.

McKin­lay’s Face­book page also in­cluded a photo dated De­cem­ber 2016 that ap­peared to be McKin­lay dressed as Santa. Then-Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jack Whe­lan said his of­fice was able to con­firm that McKin­lay worked as a sea­sonal em­ployee at a Macy’s in Philadel­phia.

In a June 12 ex­change, McKin­lay de­scribed how he would love to see “Stephanie” naked and teach her about sex. “Stephanie” re­sponded by ask­ing if they were go­ing to do any­thing. McKin­lay said “there can be lots of touch­ing but they won’t have sex.”

That same day, McKin­lay be­gan to dis­cuss meet­ing the teen and hang­ing out in a park. They even­tu­ally de­cided to meet at the ice cream busi­ness in Ri­d­ley Town­ship.

The fol­low­ing day, McKin­lay con­firmed they would meet at the des­ig­nated spot at 4 p.m. June 21. He re­con­firmed again June 19 and told the teen, “It would help if you didn’t wear that many clothes in the first place,” the af­fi­davit states.

“What I re­ally want you wear is a sleeve­less T-shirt, a pair of shorts and some sneak­ers,” McKin­lay said June 20. “Just those 3 items, noth­ing else.”

Pisani and Kear­ney were watch­ing the des­ig­nated meet­ing place June 21 at 3:05 p.m. when an­other Ri­d­ley Town­ship po­lice of­fi­cer no­ticed McKin­lay was at a busi­ness across the street, the af­fi­davit states.

McKin­ley made his way to the meet­ing spot at ap­prox­i­mately 4 p.m., where he bought an item at the ice cream busi­ness and sat down, the af­fi­davit states.

McKin­lay was im­me­di­ately ap­proached by Kear­ney and fel­low Ri­d­ley Of­fi­cer Leo Doyle, as well as Pisani, county De­tec­tive Sgt. Ken­neth Bel­lis and other of­fi­cers.

“I told her I wasn’t go­ing to do any­thing to her,” McKin­lay told the of­fi­cers, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

He was taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent and held on 10 per­cent of $250,000 bail fol­low­ing a pre­lim­i­nary ar­raign­ment.

Hoff­man told Delaware County Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Barry Do­zor Mon­day that his client is a co-founder of the MacKnight Foun­da­tion theater com­pany in Philadel­phia and has per­formed as an ac­tor in haunted hayrides.

McKin­lay had no com­ment, but did in­di­cate that he is cur­rently on pro­ba­tion for an­other of­fense. On­line court records in­di­cate he pleaded guilty in Mont­gomery County to ha­rass­ment and un­law­ful dis­sem­i­na­tion of in­ti­mate images in Jan­uary 2017, for which he re­ceived four years of pro­ba­tion.

Do­zor ex­plained that a guilty plea here could trig­ger ad­di­tional penal­ties in the Mont­gomery County case, which McKin­lay in­di­cated he un­der­stood. He was given credit for time served from June 22 to Feb. 12.



Wil­liam T. McKin­lay

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