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A former maintenance technician with Eastern York School District will spend up to two years in prison for disseminating child porn, according to online court records.

Dale Richard Wickenheiser, 58, of the 2800 block of Oakland Road, Dover Township, also will have to register as a sex offender.

On Thursday, Sept. 21, Wickenheiser was sentenced to six to 23 months in York County Prison, plus two years of probation.

Wickenheiser will have to register as a sex offender for 25 years, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office.

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Wickenheiser: In December, Wickenheiser was charged with possessing child porn and disseminating photos of child porn.

Wickenheiser pleaded guilty to disseminating photos of child porn in June, and his other charges of possession of child pornography and disseminating child porn were dismissed, online court records indicate.

Eastern York School District Superintendent Darla Pianowski said at the time of Wickenheiser's arrest that he was immediately placed on leave without pay.

Carla Myers, director of human resources for the district, said in an email Thursday that Wickenheiser was terminated from his position Jan. 19.

Background: According to charging documents, police began their investigation in September 2016, when officials identified a computer sharing files that were potentially child pornography.

Police say at least three of the 11 pictures downloaded met the definition of child pornography.

Officials tracked the IP address to that of Wickenheiser's girlfriend, according to police. The pair lives at the same address, police say.

In December, police obtained a warrant to search the home. Wickenheiser was not there at the time, so they met him at Eastern York High School.

While there, police say he admitted to having child porn on discs that were in his home, documents state. 

He said he might have three or four CDs with child porn on them that he had downloaded between five and 10 years ago, documents state.

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Wickenheiser told them most of the files were downloaded before he moved in with his girlfriend but said he downloaded between three and five movies since moving in with her, charging documents state.

He also told police he had child pornography on two portable hard drives, according to charging documents.

Wickenheiser told police he looked at the files "every once in a while," but he had not looked at them recently, police said. A trooper found child porn on discs in his home, police said.

Wickenheiser's attorney, Peter Vaughn, did not return a voicemail seeking comment Thursday.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

 

 

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