August 22, 2011
Attorney General Kelly announces arrest of Internet predators in Dauphin & Columbia counties; "Back to School" safety stressed
HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's office have arrested two suspected Internet predators, in Dauphin and Columbia counties, both accused of sending sexually explicit webcam videos to what they believed were 13-year old girls.
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendants as Roger A. Bauer, age 69, of 1605 Galen Road, Harrisburg, and Park Anthony Henry, age 45, of 308 East 7th St., Berwick.
Kelly said that both men are accused of using Internet chat rooms to approach and sexually proposition undercover agents from the Child Predator Unit, who were using the online profiles of young teens.
Kelly encouraged Pennsylvania families to make discussions about Internet safety an integral part of their "back to school" preparations:
"It is important to understand that predators will take advantage of any possible opportunity to meet potential victims," Kelly said. "The start of a school year generates many changes for children - new schedules, additional activities and different friends - and may also result in some teens spending more time alone or unsupervised at home, before or after school."
Kelly noted that the Child Predator Unit has made 294 arrests since it was created in 2005 and undercover agents often see an increase in communication with predators during the fall and winter months.
Roger A. Bauer
According to the criminal complaint, Bauer used Internet chat rooms to approach three different undercover agents from the Child Predator Unit who were all using the online profiles of 13-year old girls. In each encounter, Bauer allegedly sent nude webcam videos to the agents during their first online conversations.
Kelly said that Bauer allegedly continued to approach one of the undercover agents, sending additional nude photos and discussing sexual activity, including a desire to meet the "girl."
Bauer was arrested at his home on August 12th by agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit, assisted by officers from the Susquehanna Township Police Department.
Bauer is charged with six counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene and sexual materials and performances) 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.
Bauer was preliminarily arraigned before Harrisburg Magisterial District Judge James Lenker, who set bail at $25,000. Bauer is also prohibited from using the Internet and may not have any unsupervised contact with minors.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 23rd, at 2:15 p.m., before Magisterial District Judge Lenker.
Park Anthony Henry
According to the criminal complaint, Henry began a sexually graphic conversation - including discussions about bestiality ? during this first online chat with the agent, who identified herself as a 13-year old girl. Henry allegedly sent the "girl" thirty pornographic images during that first online encounter, along with a webcam video that showed him nude and engaging in sexual activity.
Kelly said that Henry repeatedly approached the undercover agent over the next several weeks, allegedly expressing his desire to meet the girl for sex and sending additional nude webcam videos.
Henry was arrested at his home on August 19th by agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit, who were assisted by officers from the Berwick Police Department.
Henry is charged with four counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene and sexual materials and performances) 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.
Henry was preliminarily arraigned before Berwick Magisterial District Judge Richard Knecht, who set bail at $50,000.
Henry is also prohibited from using the Internet and may not have any unsupervised contact with minors.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 26th, at 10:45 a.m., before Magisterial District Judge Knecht.
Bauer will be prosecuted in Dauphin County and Henry will be prosecuted in Columbia County, both by Deputy Attorney General Christopher J. Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit.
Attorney General Kelly thanked the Susquehanna Township and Berwick Police Departments for their cooperation and assistance with these investigations.
Kelly urged parents to regularly discuss Internet safety and security issues with their children, including the importance of telling a trusted adult if someone engages in inappropriate online activity, such as:
Additionally, Kelly said parents and other caregivers should also monitor how kids are using the Internet, including:
Kelly also encouraged parents to stress the importance of not sharing personal information online, like full names, ages, addresses, phone numbers and school information, and added that children should always be especially 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 1-800-385-1044.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty)