Guilty plea in child porn charges

West Nor­ri­ton man could be clas­si­fied as sex­u­ally vi­o­lent preda­tor

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HESSLER Jr.

COURT­HOUSE — A man caught by po­lice view­ing child porn in the cargo area of his van parked along a Lower Prov­i­dence road last year po­ten­tially faces a trip to jail.

Ter­rence John King, 48, of the first block of Potts Av­enue, West Nor­ri­ton, pleaded guilty in Mont­gomery County Court to a felony charge of sex­ual abuse of chil­dren, pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy, in con­nec­tion with an Oc­to­ber 2013 in­ci­dent along Pawl­ings Road in Lower Prov­i­dence.

Judge Gary S. Silow de­ferred sen­tenc­ing so that court of­fi­cials can com­plete a back­ground in­ves­tiga­tivere­portaboutKing. ThePenn­syl­va­nia Sex­ual Of­fender As­sess­ment Board also will eval­u­ate King to de­ter­mine if he meets cri­te­ria un­der the state’s Sex­ual Of­fender Reg­is­tra­tion and No­ti­fi­ca­tion Act to be clas­si­fied as a sex­u­ally vi­o­lent preda­tor. Those clas­si­fied as preda­tors face more strin­gent re­stric­tions un­der the law, in­clud­ing a lifetime re­quire­ment to re­port their ad­dresses to state po­lice.

King, who ac­cord­ing to court records is a self­em­ployed con­trac­tor, faces a pos­si­ble max­i­mum sen­tence of 3½ to 7 years in prison on the charges when he’s sentenced later this year.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan about 10 p.m. Oct. 3, when Lower Prov­i­dence po­lice on rou­tine pa­trol ob­served a sus­pi­cious white Chevro­let Astro van in the park­ing lot of the Audubon Recre­ational Field lo­cated in the 1200 block of Pawl­ings Road.

“There was a bluish light com­ing from the cargo area of the van and there did not ap­pear to be any­one sit­ting in the front seat,” Lower Prov­i­dence Po­lice Sgt. Michael Jack­son wrote in the ar­rest af­fi­davit, adding he ap­proached the van on foot to in­ves­ti­gate.

As Jack­son was ap­proach­ing the van, a man, sub­se­quently iden­ti­fied as King, got out and ner­vously en­gaged Jack­son in con­ver­sa­tion, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

“His heart was beat­ing rapidly, his hands trem­bled, he avoided eye con­tact and he spoke at a fast pace. King ad­mit­ted that he was in the cargo area of his van look­ing at pornog­ra­phy on his lap­top com­puter when I ar­rived,” Jack­son al­leged in the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Jack­son ob­served a lap­top com­puter on the floor of the van’s cargo area and King of­fered to show the of­fi­cer the pornog­ra­phy he had been view­ing.

“While do­ing so, I ob­served that he had two photographs of nude fe­males in their early teens in a pic­ture file,” Jack­son wrote.

King then ad­mit­ted to po­lice “that he is sex­u­ally at­tracted to fe­males as young as four­teen years old and that he has down­loaded nu­mer­ous porno­graphic images of un­der­age girls on the lap­top found in his van,” ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. King told po­lice that he uses the porno­graphic photographs of un­der­age fe­males to mas­tur­bate and that he is sex­u­ally at­tracted to girls in the be­gin­ning stages of pu­berty, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

Au­thor­i­ties sub­se­quently seized the com- puter and con­ducted a foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion of its con­tents. Au­thor­i­ties found nu­mer­ous porno­graphic photographs of both adult and ju­ve­nile males and fe­males, court pa­pers al­leged. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined there were a to­tal of 14 images of child pornog­ra­phy on King’s com­puter, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

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