Snapchat’s messages erase within seconds, but a Hanover man’s explicit picture sent to a minor through the app resulted in a felony, which will remain on his record for the rest of his life.
Joseph McKay, 20, of Hanover, pleaded guilty Monday in Adams County Court to disseminating explicit sexual material to a minor, which is a third-degree felony.
McKay entered the guilty plea through a negotiated agreement that calls for a sentence of three years of probation, according to Adams County First Assistant District Attorney Roy Keefer. The standard guideline range sentence would be probation to nine months of confinement, Keefer said.
Though the charge involves a minor, there are not any sex offender registration requirements, according to Keefer.
Authorities alleged McKay sent a 16-year-old female a picture and video through Snapchat.
Keefer clarified in court that the image was of McKay’s member and the video showed McKay “performing an act on himself.”
The victim previously met McKay “at high school football games last year” when he was dating her friend, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed at Magisterial District Judge Daniel Bowman’s office.
Around Dec. 30, McKay added the juvenile on Snapchat, sending an image of his face that she recognized and was able to identify, the affidavit read.
The “conversation was one-sided,” with McKay allegedly talking about oral sex with the underage female, according to the affidavit.
The victim responded with her age and told McKay “he was cheating on his girlfriend by engaging in these conversations,” according to information provided in the affidavit.
McKay is accused of sending “images” which depicted him touching himself in a sexual manner, information in the affidavit revealed.
The juvenile took a screenshot of the image McKay sent and warned him “again that he was cheating on his girlfriend,” according to the affidavit.
McKay ultimately blocked the underage teen on Snapchat, the affidavit indicated.
“This conversation took place over a period of about five minutes,” the juvenile indicated in the affidavit.
Det. Eric Beyer of the Adams County District Attorney’s office reviewed the screenshot image as part of the investigation and deemed the transmission of such to an individual under 18 years old to be “illegal,” according to the affidavit.
On March 7, authorities executed a search warrant on McKay and his home located in Hanover, York County, according to the affidavit.
McKay is alleged to have “confessed to engaging in the conversation” with the minor and sending an image, where he touched himself, according to the affidavit.
McKay was originally charged March 7 with four felony counts: corruption of minors; unlawful contact with a minor; criminal use of a communication facility; and disseminating explicit sexual material to a minor.
Adams County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Wagner accepted the guilty plea and set sentencing for July 30.