Abing­ton man sen­tenced to house ar­rest for pos­sess­ing child porn.

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @mont­co­court­news on Twit­ter

An Abing­ton man faces time un­der house ar­rest and in­ten­sive pro­ba­tion af­ter he ad­mit­ted to pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy on his cell­phone.

James Whee­lock, 50, of the 200 block of Keswick Av­enue, in the Glen­side sec­tion of Abing­ton, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to 60 months in the county’s in­ter­me­di­ate pun­ish­ment pro­gram, the first nine months to be served un­der house ar­rest. Whee­lock will serve the re­main­der of the sen­tence un­der in­ten­sive pro­ba­tion, in­clud­ing sex of­fender su­per­vi­sion.

Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Todd D. Eisen­berg im­posed an ad­di­tional seven year pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod fol­low­ing pa­role, mean­ing Whee­lock will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for a to­tal of 12 years.

While serv­ing house ar­rest, Whee­lock will be per­mit­ted to leave his home only for court-ap­proved pur­poses, such as for work or med­i­cal ap­point­ments.

Eisen­berg or­dered Whee­lock to con­tinue with a coun­sel­ing pro­gram that he pre­vi­ously be­gan at­tend­ing. Whee­lock also faces a 15year re­quire­ment to re­port his ad­dress to state po­lice to com­ply with the Penn­syl­va­nia Sex­ual Of­fender Reg­is­tra­tion and No­ti­fi­ca­tion Act.

Eisen­berg said Whee­lock is pro­hib­ited from hav­ing un­su­per­vised con­tact with mi­nors while serv­ing his sen­tence.

Whee­lock pleaded guilty to two felony charges in­clud­ing sex abuse of chil­dren pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy and crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­ity in con­nec­tion with a Novem­ber 2017 in­ci­dent.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in Novem­ber 2017 af­ter a wit­ness con­tacted po­lice and pro­vided au­thor­i­ties with two im­ages ob­tained from Whee­lock’s cell­phone. The im­ages de­picted chil­dren un­der the age of 18 en­gaged in sex­ual acts or poses, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by Abing­ton De­tec­tive Rick Beagh­ley.

On Nov. 22, a search war­rant was ex­e­cuted for Whee­lock’s res­i­dence and elec­tronic de­vices, in­clud­ing his cell­phone, court doc­u­ments in­di­cate.

“Whee­lock stated he knew why the po­lice was there, as he was view­ing un­der­age chil­dren that were naked on the In­ter­net,” Beagh­ley wrote in the ar­rest af­fi­davit. “Asked if the im­ages were child pornog­ra­phy, Whee­lock replied, ‘Yes.’”

A foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion of the items seized un­cov­ered 45 im­ages of child pornog­ra­phy on Whee­lock’s cell­phone, as well as mes­sages be­tween Whee­lock and an­other per­son in which they spoke about want­ing to sex­u­ally as­sault a 7-year-old child and an 8-month-old baby, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

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