HARRISBURG — Attorney General Tom Corbett announced the recent arrest of five Internet predators, including a Lancaster County man accused of using Facebook to sexually proposition his biological daughter, an EMT from Philadelphia who sent nude photos and pornography to what he believed were 13-year old girls and a delivery truck driver from Pittsburgh accused of exposing himself to undercover agents via webcam and asking the “girls” if they had any friends online who would be interested in seeing nude videos.
Corbett identified the defendants as:
-John Christopher Forehand, 39, Lititz, Lancaster County.
-Timothy A. Gehres, 22, Donaldson, Schuykill County.
-Frank W. Bonacci, 27, Pittsburgh.
-Michael Edward Quartucci, 27, Philadelphia.
-Timothy D. Anderson, 42, Lancaster.
“Predators know that colder weather and shorter days mean that kids are spending more time inside, in front of their computers, and that many may be home alone – either before or after school,” Corbett said. “As we have seen in a number of cases this year, including two of these most recent arrests, predators are reaching out to real families in Pennsylvania – and tips from those families are resulting in arrests.”
Corbett noted that the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit has arrested 241 Internet predators since it was created in January 2005. He added that agents have made 60 arrests so far this year – a nearly 20 percent increase compared to 2008.
“It is extremely important for parents to regularly discuss online safety with their children and to encourage kids to immediately report any situation where someone sexually propositions them, sends explicit photos or videos, or tries to arrange a meeting,” Corbett said.
John C. Forehand
Corbett said that Forehand, of Lititz, allegedly used the Facebook social networking website to locate and sexually proposition his own biological daughter – calling himself “Bad Daddy.”
According to the criminal complaint, Forehand proposed meeting the girl for sex and explained the graphic detail the sex acts, telling her, “not many other fathers and daughters are this brave, so not many of them are so lucky to experience all these pleasures.”
Corbett said the girl alerted her mother, who contacted the Ephrata Borough Police Department. Ephrata detectives, who had assisted the Child Predator Unit on an earlier investigation, then alerted the Attorney General’s Office.
Agents from the Child Predator Unit and Ephrata Police arrested Forehand when he arrived at a predetermined meeting location on October 7th.
Agents seized a camera, tripod and an unopened box of condoms from Forehand’s vehicle, along with a digital camera, camcorder, computers and data storage devices from his home. Those items will be analyzed by the Attorney General’s Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.
Forehand 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 fine.
Forehand is also charged with one count of criminal attempted incest and one count of unlawful contact with a minor (related to statutory sexual assault), both second degree felonies which are each punishable by up to ten years in prison and $25,000 fines, along with one count of criminal use of a computer, a third-degree felony which is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Forehand was lodged in the Lancaster County Jail in lieu of $400,000 straight bail awaiting a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jene Willwerth.
Corbett thanked the Ephrata Borough Police Department, Warwick Township Police Department and Lancaster County Constables for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.
Michael E Quartucci
Corbett said that Quartucci, an emergency medical technician from Philadelphia, is accused of sending nude photos and pornography to what he believed were 13-year old girls from Norristown and Pittsburgh. The “girls” were actually undercover agents from the Child Predator Unit using the online profiles of children.
According to the criminal complaint, Quartucci repeatedly discussed his desire to meet the girls. Quartucci also allegedly sent a total of 56 digital photos to the girls, showing nude women being restrained and tickled – activity that he proposed they engage in.
Quartucci was arrested in Philadelphia on September 14th and transported to Montgomery County, where criminal charges were filed.
Quartucci is charged with 16 counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene or sexual materials) 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.
Quartucci waived his preliminary hearing and is awaiting formal arraignment in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. Bail was set at $25,000.
Corbett thanked the Philadelphia Police Department for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.
Timothy A Gehres
Corbett said that Gehres, a paralegal from Donaldson, Schuykill County, allegedly used Internet chat rooms to approach two agents who were using the undercover identities of 13-year old girls from Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
According to the criminal complaint, Gehres sent several webcam videos that showed him nude and engaging in sexual activity in front of his computer. Gehres also repeatedly urged the girls to meet him for sex.
Gehres was arrested on September 23rd by agents from the child Predator Unit, assisted by Tremont Police and Pennsylvania State Police.
Gehres is charged with ten counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene or sexual materials) 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.
Gehres was lodged in the Schuylkill County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing on October 29th.
Frank W. Bonacci
Corbett said that Bonacci, a delivery truck driver from Pittsburgh, is accused of using Internet chat rooms to sexually proposition what he believed were two 13-year old girls from Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
According to the criminal complaint, Bonacci repeatedly exposed himself via webcam and asked if they knew any other girls online that he could communicate with. Bonacci is also accused of sending the girls Internet links to adult pornographic videos as examples of the sex acts he wished to perform with them.
Bonacci was arrested on September 16th by agents from the Child Predator Unit and transported to Dauphin County to face criminal charges.
Bonacci is charged with five counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene or sexual materials) 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.
Bonacci was lodged in the Dauphin County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, awaiting a preliminary hearing on November 18th.
Timothy D. Anderson
Corbett said that Anderson, a self-employed computer salesman from Lancaster, allegedly used text messages to sexually proposition a 14-year old Lancaster County girl after finding the girl’s cell phone number on the MySpace social networking website.
Corbett said the girl alerted her parents about the suspicious messages and her parents then contacted Pennsylvania State Police from the Ephrata Barracks.
State troopers, working with the Child Predator Unit, arrested Anderson when he arrived at a prearranged meeting location in Ephrata on September 11th. At the time of his arrest Anderson was allegedly carrying condoms and an all-day bus pass that he has promised to purchase for the girl so they could both return to his residence in Lancaster.
Anderson 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 fine.
Anderson 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 $25,000 fine, along with one count of criminal use of a computer, a third-degree felony which is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Anderson was released on $100,000 bail awaiting a preliminary hearing on Oct. 29.
Corbett thanked the Pennsylvania State Police and Ephrata Borough Police for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.
“Parents need to understand that Internet predators are active in every part of our state – using online chat rooms, social networking sites, instant messages, digital cameras, webcams and other technology to reach into your homes – sending sexually graphic material to your kids, encouraging teens to send nude photos of themselves or trying to arrange meetings for sex,” Corbett said.
Corbett stressed that predators know that the start of a new school year triggers differences in Internet use, changes in family schedules and increases in the amount of time that kids may alone or unsupervised at home.
He encouraged parents to regularly discuss online safety with their children and to actively monitor how their children use the Internet, including:
-What websites they visit.
-What social networking sites they frequent (MySpace, Facebook, etc).
-The importance of not sharing personal information with strangers (names, ages, addresses, schools or other identifying information).
-Avoiding strangers who approach them online.
-Reporting any contact with individuals who engage in sexual discussions or attempt to send graphic photos or videos.
Corbett said that suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit by using the “Report a Predator” link, located on the front page of the Attorney General’s Web site or by calling the Attorney General’s Child Predator Hotline, at 1-800-385-1044.
Additionally, Corbett said that safety tips and other information are available in the “Operation Safe Surf” and “Just for Kids” sections of the Attorney General’s website. Also, organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations, may contact the Attorney General’s Education and Outreach Office at 1-800-525-7642 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.