Man ad­mits to try­ing to lure 12-year-old girl

Souderton Independent - - OBITUARIES - By Carl Hessler Jr.

A Bucks County man showed no emo­tion as he ad­mit­ted to try­ing to lure a 12-year-old Lower Sal­ford girl he con­tacted on Face­book to an aban­doned bunker in Le­nape Park with the in­tent to sex­u­ally as­sault her.

Richard Calvin White­head, 30, of the 100 block of Hughes Av­enue, Sellersville, pleaded guilty in Mont­gomery County Court Wed­nes­day to felony charges of un­law­ful contact with a mi­nor, at­tempted in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sex­ual in­ter­course and pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy in con­nec­tion with in­ci­dents that oc­curred be­tween May 9 and May 24, 2011.

Judge Gar­rett D. Page de­ferred sen­tenc­ing so that court of­fi­cials can com­plete a back­ground in­ves­tiga­tive re­port about White­head. White­head also must un­dergo an eval­u­a­tion by the Penn­syl­va­nia Sex­ual Of­fender As­sess­ment Board, which will de­ter­mine if he meets cri­te­ria un­der the state’s Me­gan’s Law to be de­clared a sex­u­ally vi­o­lent preda­tor.

Those deemed to be preda­tors face more strin­gent re­stric­tions un­der Me­gan’s Law.

Re­gard­less the re­sults of the eval- ua­tion, White­head faces a life­time re­quire­ment to re­port his ad­dress to state po­lice af­ter he is re­leased from prison.

White­head, who is be­ing held in the county jail with­out bail, faces a pos­si­ble max­i­mum sen­tence of four to eight years in state prison on the charges.

As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jor­dan Friter vowed to seek a lengthy state prison sen­tence against White­head. De­fense lawyer Ed­ward Ride­out in­di­cated he will ar­gue there are mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances in White­head’s life that would war­rant a lesser sen­tence.

Court doc­u­ments in­di­cate an in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan May 17 when a Lower Sal­ford woman con­tacted town­ship po­lice to re­port that a man claim­ing to be 28 years old con­tacted the 12-year-old girl on Face­book, an In­ter­net so­cial net­work­ing site, want­ing to “hang out” with the girl.

The girl did not know the man, later de­ter­mined to be White­head, and did not ini­ti­ate the on­line contact, au­thor­i­ties al­leged. How­ever, the girl did post her cell­phone num­ber on Face­book at one point and White­head also pro­vided his cell­phone num­ber to the vic­tim and her teenage friend, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

White­head also sent text mes­sages to the vic­tim, ask­ing her in­ap­pro­pri­ate ques­tions of a per­sonal na­ture, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

De­tec­tives were able to trace the phone mes­sages to White­head. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, text mes­sages were ex­changed be­tween the 12-year-old girl and White­head in the pres­ence of a county de­tec­tive, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Dur­ing the text mes­sage con­ver­sa­tions of May 23, White­head di­rected the girl to go to Le­nape Park the fol­low­ing day to “an aban­doned old house on the path,” for the pur­pose of a sex­ual en­counter, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. White­head also sent the un­der­age girl a photo of his gen­i­tals, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

At 4 p.m. May 24, de­tec­tives sta­tioned them­selves at the en­trance to Le­nape Park and ob­served White­head arrive at the agreed upon meet­ing lo­ca­tion, court pa­pers in­di­cate. White­head sent a text mes­sage to the 12-year-old girl’s phone ask­ing her if she was com­ing to the park as po­lice moved in to take him into cus­tody, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

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