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

   

October 16, 2013


Office of Attorney General Child Predator Section Announces Three Arrests
Allegations include traveling for sex with minor; soliciting sex with minor; child pornography  

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Robert Lee Stull III

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Herbert Scott Eaton

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Jeremiah Mason

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrests of three men on unrelated charges as part of an ongoing effort to target child predators and the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendants as Robert Lee Stull III, 20, 165 East Arlington Drive, Somerset, Somerset County; Herbert Scott Eaton, 56, 1020 Cooper St., Scranton, Lackawanna County; and Jeremiah Mason, 27, 16 Grove St., Easton, Northampton County.

Stull

Stull was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 by agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Section. According to the criminal complaint, the Washington Township Police Department initiated an investigation of Stull in February for alleged inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old girl on Facebook. Stull allegedly pressured the girl for naked photos of her, and sent the girl a photo of a penis. The investigation was turned over to the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section in March.

Stull is charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of corruption of a minor and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Stull was preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kenneth Johnson and released on $30,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 21, 2013.

Stull will be prosecuted in Somerset County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Eaton

Eaton allegedly used Yahoo! Messenger to contact an undercover agent from the Child Predator Section who was using the online profile of a 13-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, Eaton allegedly discussed meeting the girl to have sex with her, and sent the girl a photo of an adult male's penis during their first online chat. On Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, Eaton allegedly traveled from Scranton to Harrisburg to meet with the girl and her 14-year-old friend and was taken into custody by agents from the Office of Attorney General at an undisclosed location.

Eaton is charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse), one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to statutory sexual assault), one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to indecent assault), one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene or sexual performances) and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Eaton was preliminarily arraigned at Dauphin County central booking and held on $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22, 2013.

Eaton will be prosecuted in Dauphin County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Mason

Mason was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 by agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Section. According to the criminal complaint, an on-site preview of a computer and removable media at Mason's residence allegedly contained 45 files of suspected child pornography.

Mason is charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography, 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Mason was preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline Taschner and held on $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2013.

Mason will be prosecuted in Northampton County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police, the Washington Township Police Department, the Palmer Township Police Department and the Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office for their assistance with the investigations.

Reporting Internet Predators

Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General's Child Predator Section by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044.

Internet safety tips are available on the "Operation Safe Surf" section of www.attorneygeneral.gov. Organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations should contact the Attorney General's Education and Outreach Unit at 1-800-525-7642 or via email at education@attorneygeneral.gov.


(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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