August 23, 2011
Three charged with disseminating lewd photos in Beaver County
HARRISBURG - Three southwestern Pennsylvania residents were arrested today by agents from the Attorney General's Office following an investigation into the possession and dissemination of lewd and pornographic images allegedly taken several years ago at a high school in Beaver County.
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendants as John J. Driesch, of Beaver Falls; Aaron J. Shingleton, of Elizabeth, Allegheny County; and Robin A. Raley, of Beaver Falls.
According to the criminal complaint, Driesch allegedly took multiple photos of unsuspecting male classmates who were using locker room showers during the 2007 high school football season.
Driesch, who was the team's equipment manager at the time, allegedly used his cell phone to capture dozens of provocative locker room images and later stored the photos in the inbox of his personal email account.
The charges state that in January 2011 an email containing 11 of the lewd locker room photos was sent from Driesch's email account to a number of the individuals depicted in the photographs.
According to the criminal complaint, Shingleton and Raley hacked into Driesch's email account and discovered the nude photos of fellow classmates. Shingleton and Raley then allegedly compiled a list of eight email addresses of people who were shown in the pictures and sent electronic copies of the photos to those individuals.
Agents executed a search on all electronic communication devices and electronic storage devices obtained during a search of Driesch?s home and recovered numerous photographs of nude adult males, including the pictures that were allegedly sent via email.
Kelly thanked Beaver County detectives, the Beaver County District Attorney's Office and the Pennsylvania State Police for their assistance and cooperation with this investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Beaver County by Senior Deputy Attorney General William F. Caye II of the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
All three defendants were taken into custody today by agents from the Attorney General's Office and preliminarily arraigned before Beaver Magisterial District Judge Tim Finn. Shingleton was lodged in the Beaver County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. Driesch and Raley were each released on $10,000 unsecured bail. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for all of the defendants on August 30th, at 9 a.m., in Beaver County Central Court.
Below is a list of the defendants and the charges against them.
John Joseph Driesch, 21, 507 Darlington Road, Beaver Falls, Beaver County, is charged with ten counts of sexual abuse of children (photographing, manufacturing, depicting on a computer child pornographic images), second-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to ten years in prison and $25,000 fines. He is also charged with 28 counts of sexual abuse of children (related to possession of child pornography), and three counts of criminal use of a communication facility, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.
Aaron Jon Shingleton, 21, 403 6th St., Elizabeth, Allegheny County, is charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse of children (dissemination of child pornographic photographs), one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of sexual abuse of children (possession of child pornographic photographs), one count of criminal use of a computer and other computer crimes, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.
Shingleton is also charged with one count of invasion of privacy, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine, along with one count of unlawful transmission of electronic mail, a third-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
Robin Ann Raley, 21, Grange Road Ext., PO Box, 1551, Beaver Falls, Beaver County, is charged with one count of criminal use of a communication facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine; one count of invasion of privacy, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine; and one count of unlawful transfer of electronic mail, a third-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty)