October 15, 2010
Two Montgomery County men arrested by Attorney General?s Child Predator Unit; arrests include ?traveler? and ?webcam predator?
HARRISBURG ? Attorney General Tom Corbett announced that agents from the Attorney General?s Child Predator Unit have arrested two Montgomery County men accused of using the Internet to sexually proposition what they believed were 13-year old girls.
Corbett identified the defendants as Jacob Andrew Lucas, 25, of 66 Greshville Road, Boyertown and Richard Dean Carbo, 47, of 5906 Drawbridge Court, Limerick.
Corbett said that both men allegedly used Internet chat rooms to approach undercover agents who were using the online profiles of young teens.
?To date, our agents have arrested 276 Internet predators, including men from every corner of Pennsylvania, and from as far away as Texas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio,? Corbett said. ?Online predators are constantly searching for potential victims online ? hoping to find young teens that are lonely, vulnerable or unsupervised ? and it is essential for parents to review Internet safety tips with their kids, cautioning them to always tell a trusted adult if someone does something inappropriate online, including sending sexual photos or videos, providing links to pornography or trying to arrange face-to-face meetings.?
Jacob Andrew Lucas
Corbett said that Lucas allegedly sent a nude photo during one of his first online chats with what he believed was a 13-year old girl, and also pressed for a face-to-face meeting. During a series of online conversations that followed, Lucas repeatedly expressed a desire to meet the girl for sex and described in graphic detail the acts he wished to engage in.
According to the criminal complaint, Lucas quizzed the girl about her family schedule ? asking when her mother would be away from the house or working late so that they could meet.
Corbett said that Lucas was arrested on October 8th, by agents from the Attorney General?s Child Predator Unit assisted by officers from the Lower Providence Township Police Department, when he arrived at a predetermined meeting location in Montgomery County. At the time of his arrest, Lucas was driving a vehicle that matched a description he provided during Internet chats.
Lucas is charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse), a first-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Additionally, Lucas is charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to statutory sexual assault), a second-degree felony punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Lucas is also charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene or sexual materials) and one count of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.
Lucas was preliminarily arraigned and lodged in the Montgomery County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 26th, at 1:30 p.m., before Collegeville Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rebar.
Richard Dean Carbo
Corbett said that Carbo allegedly used an Internet chat room to approach what he believed was a 13-year old girl and quickly asked, ?you wanna see my penis pic??
According to the criminal complaint, Carbo claimed to engage in sexual activity with other children and urged the undercover agent to visit him so that Carbo could ?teach? her about sex.
Corbett said that Carbo allegedly sent multiple webcam videos that showed him nude or masturbating in front of his computer, along with other pornographic photos. Carbo also allegedly discussed engaging in sex acts with a dog.
Carbo was arrested at his home on October 13th, by agents from the Attorney General?s Child Predator Unit assisted by officers from the Limerick Police Department.
Carbo is charged with 14 counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene or sexual performances) along with one count of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.
Carbo was preliminarily arraigned and lodged in the Montgomery County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 21st, at 10 a.m., before Limerick Magisterial District Judge Walter F. Gadzicki Jr.
Corbett said that both Lucas and Carbo will be prosecuted in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas by Deputy Attorney General Christopher J. Jones of the Attorney General?s Child Predator Unit.
Corbett thanked the Lower Providence Township and Limerick Police Departments for their cooperation and assistance with these investigations.
Corbett urged parents and other caregivers to carefully monitor how kids are using the Internet in order to guard against possible Internet predators, including:
Additionally, Corbett said that parents should emphasize that kids should not share personal information online, like full names, ages, addresses, phone numbers and school information, and should be cautious about strangers who approach them online.
Suspected internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General?s Office by clicking on the ?Report a Predator? link, located on the front page of the Attorney General?s website or by calling the toll-free Child Predator Hotline, at 800-385-1044.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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