Two Adams County men entered guilty pleas to possessing child pornography in exchange for state prison sentences.
In their respective cases, Stephen Geltmacher, 19, of East Berlin, and Christopher Smith, 36, of New Oxford, will be required to register as sex offenders under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) for 15 years.
Geltmacher also pleaded no contest to an added third-degree felony charge of corruption of minors and two amended second-degree misdemeanor charges of indecent assault without consent, stemming from another case.
The negotiated agreement calls for Geltmacher to face an aggregate sentence of one-and-a-half to five years at a state correctional institution, followed by five years of probation, according to Adams County Assistant District Attorney Kelley Margetas.
Margetas indicated it will be “a mitigated range sentence” because Geltmacher was 18 years old at the time of the child pornography possession offense, had no prior record, cooperated with the investigation, and engaged in counseling.
Geltmacher was a 16-year-old juvenile when the other alleged offenses occurred with juveniles who were 9 and 10 years old at the time, according to court officials.
In the child pornography case, charging documents indicated Geltmacher was reported Aug. 1 by Google LLC for uploading two images to Google Photos under the username “Steppy Getting.”
Adams County Det. Eric Beyer of the district attorney’s office reviewed the photos and classified them as child pornography, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Both images contained “nude children engaged in sexual acts,” the affidavit read.
After obtaining the IP address through the images uploaded, Beyer served an administrative subpoena on the Comcast Legal Response Center Aug. 2, according to the affidavit.
Comcast returned the personal information of the subscriber on Aug. 17, which gave Geltmacher’s address. A search warrant was served Aug. 30 on the East Berlin residence, according to the affidavit.
Authorities alleged Geltmacher “provided a recorded confession in which he admitted to downloading child pornography using his cellular phone and Nintendo gaming system,” the affidavit read.
A forensic examination of Geltmacher’s phone was alleged to have uncovered 484 images and 12 videos “depicting child pornography,” the affidavit indicated.
On Monday in Adams County Court, Smith pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in exchange for nine to 24 months in state prison, court officials said.
Charging documents indicated the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received tips, which prompted a local investigation by Beyer.
Beyer serves on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice, with a mission to catch predators who victimize children through the internet with the ultimate goal to protect the community.
On Nov. 15, Beyer began investigating an image of a child uploaded to Bing images with an IP address attached, the affidavit of probable cause indicated. The image showed a female who was 11 to 14 years old “fully nude” with private areas “visible,” according to the affidavit.
Beyer obtained the subscriber information for the IP address, which was determined to be Smith of Bolton Street in New Oxford, the affidavit read.
After executing a search warrant on Dec. 11, authorities found a laptop in Smith’s closet that contained 55 photos depicting child pornography, the affidavit read.
“Computer forensics” revealed three child pornography websites were accessed on May 24, 2014, according to the affidavit.
When interviewed by police, “Smith confessed that he was the only person that used a laptop computer,” and the device was used to “download pornography,” it was alleged in the affidavit.
Smith and Geltmacher are set for sentencing on Aug. 22.
Sentencing was deferred, to allow the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to review the cases to determine whether the defendants meet requirements to be classified as sexually-violent predators, which has extra reporting requirements.