Man sen­tenced for im­proper on­line ac­tiv­ity

The Phoenix - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. [email protected]­tu­ry­media. com @Mont­co­Court­News on Twit­ter

NOR­RIS­TOWN >> A 19-year-old Phoenixville man will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for sev­eral years af­ter he ad­mit­ted to hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate on­line com­mu­ni­ca­tions with who he be­lieved was a mi­nor but in re­al­ity was an un­der­cover state in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

Eric Tyler Al­bert, of the 1200 block of Mon­roe Av­enue, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to 138 days al­ready served to 23 months in jail af­ter he pleaded guilty to felony charges of crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­ity and un­law­ful con­tact with a mi­nor in con­nec­tion with in­ci­dents that oc­curred in March.

Judge Wil­liam R. Car­pen­ter also or­dered Al­bert to com­plete three years’ pro­ba­tion fol­low­ing pa­role, mean­ing Al­bert will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for about five years.

Al­bert, who was rep­re­sented by de­fense lawyer Ti­mothy Wood­ward, also faces a 25-year re­quire­ment to re­port his ad­dress to po­lice in or­der to com­ply with the state’s Sex­ual Of­fender Reg­is­tra­tion and No­ti­fi­ca­tion Act.

Car­pen­ter said Al­bert may not visit porno­graphic or dat­ing web sites and said Al­bert’s In­ter­net us­age must be mon­i­tored by adult pro­ba­tion of­fi­cials. The judge added Al­bert is to have no un­su­per­vised con­tact with mi­nors.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted by mem­bers of the Penn­syl­va­nia Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral who are as­signed to the In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task Force.

Ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint, Al­bert re­sponded to an un­der­cover ad­ver­tise­ment placed on an on­line so­cial me­dia plat­form and com­mu­ni­cated with an un­der­cover agent pos­ing as a 14-year-old mi­nor. Au­thor­i­ties al­leged Al­bert so­licited sex­ual con­tact and sent a sex­u­ally ex­plicit pho­to­graph of him­self to the un­der­cover agent who had as­sumed the iden­tity of a mi­nor.

At 11 a.m. on March 1, Al­bert was spot­ted at a pre­ar­ranged meet­ing place in Mont­gomery County and was in­ter­cepted by state in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Al­bert sub­se­quently gave a state­ment to au­thor­i­ties.

“The ac­tor stated he has not had a good cou­ple of days and made some poor de­ci­sions. The ac­tor stated he knows it is legally and morally wrong to so­licit a mi­nor for sex and to send mi­nors ex­plicit sex­ual pho­tos,” Eric J. Bar­low, a spe­cial agent with the Penn­syl­va­nia Of­fice of At­tor­ney Gen­eral, wrote in the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

A charge of ob­scene and other sex­ual ma­te­ri­als was dis­missed against Al­bert at time of sen­tenc­ing in ex­change for his guilty plea to the other felony charges, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

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