June 2, 2014
Berks County Internet predator arrested after traveling to meet "boy" for sex
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a Berks County man, who traveled to a predetermined meeting location in Berks County to meet who he believed was a 14-year-old boy for sex. The "boy" was actually an undercover agent from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section who was using the online profile of a child.
According to the criminal complaint, agents, who were conducting an undercover investigation of online advertisements relating to the sexual exploitation of minors, discovered suspicious advertisements allegedly soliciting sex from young boys. Agents, posing as a 14-year-old boy, sent a message in response to the advertisement.
The charges state that Michael Coller, 63, 1266 Fredrick Blvd., Reading, Berks County responded and almost immediately engaged what he believed to be a teenage boy in very explicit sexual conversations. Calling himself "daddy," Coller allegedly told the minor to "serve and take care of your daddy. In turn Daddy will take care of you."
As the conversations progressed Coller exchanged cell phone numbers with the "boy" and allegedly began soliciting oral sex from the minor and expressed a desire to meet. Additionally, Coller allegedly texted the "boy" two pictures of his exposed genitalia.
Coller was arrested on Friday, May 30, 2014 when he arrived at predetermined meeting location in Berks County. He is charged with three counts of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of criminal solicitation to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
He was preliminarily arraigned and released on $100,000 - 10 percent bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 10, 2014 before Magisterial District Judge Ann Young.
The case will be prosecuted in Berks County by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Elo of the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
Reporting Internet Predators
Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Office of 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 Office of Attorney General's Education and Outreach Unit at 1-800-525-7642 or via email at email@example.com.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)