Kathryn Eckenrode
Kathryn Eckenrode

A West York woman is expected to serve at least five years in prison for molesting three boys who ranged in age from 5 to 14.

Kathryn Lynne Eckenrode took photographs as she sexually assaulted the 5-year-old, court records state.

Eckenrode, 32, of 1210 W. Poplar St., on Tuesday pleaded guilty in York County Court to two counts each of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors, and one count of possessing child pornography.

Her sentencing is scheduled for June 23, records state. After being sentenced, the other charges against her — including counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault and indecent assault — will be dismissed, said chief public defender Bruce Blocher, who represents Eckenrode.

Five to 15: The plea agreement calls for Eckenrode, who also goes by the name Kathryn Gold, to serve five to 15 years in state prison, with credit for time served, Blocher confirmed. She has been held in York County Prison since mid July, according to prison records.

Eckenrode must undergo a Megan's Law sexual-offender evaluation to determine if she is a sexually violent predator, according to senior deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy.

Assuming she is sentenced as outlined in her agreement, Eckenrode will have to register as a Megan's Law sex offender four times a year for the rest of her life, Murphy said.


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The case: Eckenrode had sex with two 14-year-old boys at different times between May and June, according to court records. During an interview with West York Police, Eckenrode admitted to having sex with the boys at two West York addresses, records state.

She also told investigators she inappropriately touched a 5-year-old boy, took photos of that assault and sent them to a man she knows only by a first name, who she thinks lives somewhere near Syracuse, N.Y., according to records.

Police seized her cellphone, which contained photos of the 5-year-old's molestation, according to police.

No evidence was found on the phone to confirm she sent the photos to anyone, Murphy said.

The victims: Murphy said victims are prosecutors' first concern when trying to craft a "fair and just" plea agreement.

"We've been in contact with the families of the victims, and the victims, and everyone was in agreement," Murphy said. "Hopefully ... once sentencing is over, they can start getting on with their lives."

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.