August 10, 2012
Two "traveling predators" arrested by Attorney General's Child Predator Unit; Both accused of arranging sex with "teen girls"
HARRISBURG -Attorney General Linda Kelly today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Office have made two arrests over the past 48-hours involving men accused of using Internet chat rooms to sexually proposition what they believed were young teenage girls and then traveling to meet those girls for sex.
The defendants are identified as Nathaniel Andrew Kroninger, 30, 740 Sweinhart Road, Boyertown, Montgomery County and Kenneth Martin Parvis, 47, 1074 Musselman Road, Hanover, York County.
Nathaniel A. Kroninger
Kelly said that, Kroninger, using the screen name "nakroni2," allegedly used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent who was using the online profile of a 14-year old girl.
During their initial online chat, Kroninger allegedly expressed a desire to meet the girl, asked if she was home alone and told her that, "i'll give u some fun." In the electronic conversations that followed, Kroninger is accused of discussing sex acts in graphic detail and sending four sexually explicit pictures of an exposed penis.
Kelly said that Aug. 8th, Kroninger allegedly asked the girl if she wanted to meet, commenting that they would, "do oral" and, "then have sex." Kroninger was arrested later that day, when he arrived at a predetermined location in Montgomery County where he had allegedly arranged to meet the girl for sex.
Kroninger 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 fines.
Kroninger is also 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.
Additionally, he is charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene and sexual materials and performances) and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, both third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.
Kroninger was preliminarily arraigned before Collegeville Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar, and lodged in the Montgomery County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 15th, at 9:30 a.m., before Magisterial District Judge Rebar.
Kelly thanked the Lower Providence Township Police Department and Douglass Township Police Department (Montgomery County) for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.
Kenneth M. Parvis
Kelly said that Parvis, using the screen name "regardless65," allegedly used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent from the Child Predator Unit who was using the online profile of a 14-year old girl.
According to the criminal complaint, Parvis began discussing sexual topics during their initial chats, including questions about whether the girl masturbated or whether she had ever seen men masturbating. Parvis also quizzed the girl about her interest in meeting, at one point asking her, "u gonna be my little slave girl?"
Kelly said that during a series of online conversations that followed, Parvis allegedly proposed different ways that they could meet - asking if he could come to the girl's home while her mother was away or meet at the mall. At one point Parvis noted that his wife would probably accompany him to the mall but added, "I can lose her."
Parvis was arrested on August 9th by agents from the Child Predator Unit, assisted by officers from the Lower Providence Township Police Department, when he arrived at a predetermined meeting location in Montgomery County.
Parvis is charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to indecent assault), one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to indecent exposure) 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.
Parvis was preliminarily arraigned before Collegeville Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar and lodged in the Montgomery County in lieu of $100,000 bail. Parvis is also prohibited from using the Internet and may not have any unsupervised contact with minors.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 15th, at 9:30 a.m., before Magisterial District Judge Rebar.
Kelly thanked the Lower Providence Police Department for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.
Both Kroninger and Parvis will be prosecuted in Montgomery County by Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit.
Kelly noted that the Child Predator Unit has made 309 arrests since it was created in 2005.
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 on 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)