Man ad­mits to im­proper con­tact with teen girl

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

A man has ad­mit­ted to hav­ing a sex­u­ally charged on­line re­la­tion­ship with a 16-year-old he met at church.

“Gdon­ski re­lated that he and the vic­tim’s re­la­tion­ship be­gan to progress and ‘snow­balled into us get­ting closer.’” — state po­lice Trooper Bren­dan Shearn

NORRISTOWN » A Lower Sal­ford man has ad­mit­ted to hav­ing an in­ap­pro­pri­ate, sex­u­ally charged on­line re­la­tion­ship with a 16-year-old girl he met at church.

An­thony Peter Gdon­ski, 40, of the 400 block of Ruth Court, pleaded guilty in Mont­gomery County Court to a felony charge of sexual abuse of chil­dren, un­der child pornog­ra­phy statutes, in con­nec­tion with in­ci­dents that oc­curred in 2016 when he was 38 and the girl was 16. Judge Wendy G. Roth­stein de­ferred sen­tenc­ing so that court of­fi­cials can com­plete drug, al­co­hol and psy­cho­sex­ual eval­u­a­tions of Gdon­ski.

The judge will use those eval­u­a­tions to as­sist her in fash­ion­ing Gdon­ski’s sen­tence later this year.

Gdon­ski will re­main in the jail pend­ing his for­mal sen­tenc­ing hear­ing but will be per­mit­ted to en­roll in the jail’s work re­lease pro­gram dur­ing that time.

Gdon­ski faces a pos­si­ble max­i­mum sen­tence of five to 10 years in prison on the charge. How­ever, state sen­tenc­ing guide­lines could al­low for a lesser sen­tence.

With the charge, pros­e­cu­tors al­leged Gdon­ski used on­line ap­pli­ca­tions such as Skype to so­licit nude videos of the girl.

“It’s cer­tainly a jail case. It’s un­for­tu­nately fre­quent that older peo­ple will prey against mi­nors and the eas­i­est way to do so when they think they’re not go­ing to get caught is to use the In­ter­net. That’s what hap­pened here. They ended up com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each other over Skype,” county As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Ni­cholas Bee­son al­leged.

“There’s also a sig­nif­i­cant age gap be­tween him and the vic­tim, he be­ing 38 at the time and she be­ing ap­prox­i­mately 16 years old,” Bee­son added.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan on Sept. 6, 2016, when the mother of the teenage girl re­ported to state po­lice at Skip­pack that she had be­come aware of the in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship be­tween Gdon­ski and her daugh­ter. The girl and Gdon­ski met while at­tend­ing the same church in Spring Mount, ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers.

The mother of the girl told po­lice she ob­served “con­cern­ing” Face­book mes­sages sent be­tween the girl and Gdon­ski.

When po­lice con­fronted Gdon­ski about the al­le­ga­tions, he ad­mit­ted com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the girl on Face­book where the girl in­formed him she was 16.

“Gdon­ski re­lated that he and the vic­tim’s re­la­tion­ship be­gan to progress and ‘snow­balled into us get­ting closer,’” state po­lice Trooper Bren­dan Shearn wrote in the ar­rest af­fi­davit, adding the pair be­gan to dis­cuss sexual sit­u­a­tions via Face­book and later via Skype and a cell­phone pro­vided by Gdon­ski.

Gdon­ski ad­mit­ted that he and the girl talked “dirty stuff” while us­ing Skype and that he viewed naked images of the girl and mas­tur­bated dur­ing some of the con­ver­sa­tions, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

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