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

June 26, 2014

Three suspected child predators from Lycoming County arrested on unrelated charges

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of three Lycoming County men on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

 The defendants are identified as:

  • Matthew Manning, 38, 401 West Academy St., Hughesville;
  • Perry Bassler, 62, 4688 Lycoming Mall Drive, Montoursville; and
  • Ronald Jeselnik, 62, 319 E. Mountain Ave., Williamsport.

Matthew Manning

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Matthew Manning

According to the criminal Complaint, Manning used a peer-to-peer network in order to make files - containing prepubescent children engaged in graphic sexual acts - available for download. Agents conducting an undercover investigation successfully downloaded one of those files and identified Manning's Hughesville residence as the source through the computer's IP address.

A search of Manning's home resulted in the seizure of a computer that forensic agents found to contain more than 50 video files and 100 image files of suspected child pornography.

Matthew Manning was taken into custody by agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Camp Karoondinha - a Boy Scout camp located in Millmont, Union County. He is charged with 25 counts of possession of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was held in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 11, 2014.

Attorney General Kane noted that Manning was serving as a director at Camp Karoondinha and is also a high school science teacher. This remains an active investigation. Anyone with additional information involving possible incidents with Matthew Manning is urged to contact Supervisory Special Agent Gordon Goodrow with the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section at 717-787-3391.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Hughesville Police Department for its assistance with the investigation.

Perry Bassler

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Perry Bassler

According to the criminal complaint, agents successfully downloaded several files, which depicted children under the age of 18 engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses, from a computer that was using a peer-to-peer network to share child pornography. Investigators were able to track the computer's IP address and identified Bassler's computer as the source for the graphic files.

A search of Bassler's Montoursville residence resulted in the seizure of four computer towers. Upon initial viewing of one of those towers, computer forensics agents discovered apparent child pornography.

Bassler was taken into custody on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, and charged with four counts of distribution of child pornography, four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was held in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $125,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 7, 2014.

Ronald Jeselnik

The charges state that agents conducting an undercover investigation successfully downloaded a file that was being made available on a peer-to-peer network. Agents determined that the file, which depicted children under the age of 18 engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses, was allegedly being shared from Jeselnik's computer.

A search of Jeselnik's Williamsport residence resulted in the seizure of a computer, which contained multiple video files of suspected child pornography. 

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Ronald Jeselnik

Jeselnik was arrested on Thursday, June 26, 2014, and charged with 25 counts of possession of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Manning, Bassler and Jeselnik will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Office of Attorney General 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 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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