An East Prospect teen faces child pornography charges after police say he posted nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend, a minor, on a social media site.
Zachary Keith Gordon III, 19, of 44 Vickilee Drive, is charged with two counts each of disseminating photographs of a child engaged in sex acts and sexual abuse of a child, as well as a single count of possession of an instrument of a crime, according to his charging documents.
Northern York County Regional Police also cited Gordon with harassment, documents state.
Police were alerted to nude photographs of the teen on Facebook by her grandmother, documents state.
The photographs: According to charging documents, the 16-year-old girl told her grandmother about the pictures after she discovered a Facebook page allegedly created by Gordon. The girl's grandmother in turn contacted Northern York County Regional Police on Jan. 17, documents state.
The girl, whose name was not released, told investigators that she took the nude photographs using a cellphone and sent them to Gordon when the two were dating, documents state.
Though the photographs were removed from the Facebook page, which remains active, police were able to recover the images after a search warrant was issued requesting account information history from Facebook, documents state.
The history of the account also revealed that the girl and the creator of the page had a conversation about the images, documents state.
Police were able to link Gordon to the account through IP address history, documents state.
Hearing set: Gordon was arraigned before District Judge Walter Groom on Friday and is free on $2,500 unsecured bail, according to court records.
Court records do not list an attorney for him. A phone number for Gordon could not be located.
His next court appearance is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 for a preliminary hearing before Groom.
Under a law signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in 2012, teens ages 12 to 18 could face charges, which range from a summary offense (similar to a traffic ticket) to a third-degree misdemeanor, for using a cellphone or other electronic device to send nude photos of themselves to other similar aged teens. The act is typically called sexting.
It is unclear if the girl who sent Gordon nude pictures of herself has been charged.
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