Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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September 13, 2012

Attorney General's Child Predator Unit arrests two men who allegedly used the Internet to solicit what they believed to be teenage girls

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly today announced that the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit had arrested two men accused of using the Internet to solicit what they believed to be teenage girls and sending nude webcam videos to the "girls."

Kelly identified the defendants as Karoly Kis III, 32, 1151 Scotrun Drive, Scotrun, Monroe County and Harry Forshey, 64, 516 North 10th St., Altoona, Blair County.

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Karoly Kis III

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Harry Forshey

Karoly Kis III

According to the criminal complaint, Kis used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent from the Child Predator Unit on June 27th, identifying himself as a 31-year old from Pennsylvania. During the initial conversation Kis asked the agent, who was using the online profile of a "14-year old girl," if she would like to view his webcam.

Kelly said that Kis sent the "girl" a graphic webcam transmission and continued the conversation by asking her sexually graphic questions.

The charges state that Kis continued to engage in sexually graphic conversations with the "girl" throughout the summer and sent at least four nude webcam videos.

Kis is charged with four counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Kis was taken into custody on August 30, 2012 and preliminarily arraigned before Tannersville Magisterial District Judge Thomas Olsen. He is being held in the Monroe County Correctional Facility on $150,000 cash bail.

Kelly thanked the Pocono Township Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Monroe County by Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit.

Harry Forshey

Kelly said that Forshey allegedly used an online chat service to approach an undercover agent, using the online identity of a 14-year old girl on July 17th, and immediately asked the "girl" if he wanted to see a picture of his penis.

During their initial online conversation Forshey allegedly sent two additional nude pictures and asked the "girl" if she had a boyfriend.

According to the criminal complaint, Forshey continued to contact the "girl" using the online chat service and engaged in a series of sexually graphic conversations, often telling her the sex acts he wished to perform with her.

Forshey is charged with three counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Forshey was arrested on Sept. 12, 2012 and preliminarily arraigned before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker. He was released on $125,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17, 2012 before Judge Auker.

Kelly thanked the Altoona Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.

Forshey will be prosecuted in Blair County by Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit.

Internet Safety

Kelly noted that the Child Predator Unit has made 313 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:

  • Sexual discussions.
  • Sending or requesting nude photos or explicit videos.
  • Sharing links to pornography.
  • Trying to arrange face-to-face meetings.

Additionally, Kelly said parents and other caregivers should also monitor how kids are using the Internet, including:

  • Checking the websites they use frequently.
  • Searching the social networking sites they visit.
  • Asking them to show you their online profiles on Facebook and other websites.
  • Discussing the items they may be posting online.

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 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.)

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