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A Lancaster County man who claimed he was exempt from child pornography charges because he is a third-generation nudist has been sentenced to state prison.

Donald Herbert Webb Jr., 69, of Manheim, was sentenced in York County Court on Wednesday, Sept. 27, to 1½ to three years in state prison, according to court records.

He will receive 157 days' credit for time served, according to his attorney, chief public defender Bruce Blocher.

A state evaluation determined Webb is not a sexually violent predator, court records state.

Deputy prosecutor Alissa Cardenas said Webb eventually took responsibility for his actions and noted that he was sentenced within the state's guideline range.

'Standard' case: Other than Webb's nudist-exemption claim, it was a fairly standard case of online sharing of child pornography, according to Cardenas.

She said for images to be considered child pornography, the law states they must be viewed for sexual gratification.

"You can usually tell, based on what is happening in the pictures," whether the images were meant to be pornographic, Cardenas said.

She noted such photos must be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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The background: Webb was tracked down at a motel in Manchester Township in February by troopers with the state police's Central Computer Crimes Unit after they determined he was viewing and sharing pornographic images of children, court documents state.

Webb told troopers he would look at the images on social media and "pass them along," documents state.

Police said he shared child porn on Twitter and on Kik, a messenger app for cellphones.

Troopers received 50 CyberTips between December 2013 and September 2016 about images of child pornography, and the unit tracked those images to Webb, documents state.

CyberTips is run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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No nudist exemption: During his police interview, Webb maintained that "all of the images were legal because he was a nudist and he was just sharing and viewing images from other nudists," according to court documents.

But those documents describe 10 specific images that include children in adult sexual situations and poses, including a child performing oral sex on another child.

The children in the images appear to range in age from about 10 to 13, police have said.

Webb said his father and grandfather also were nudists, as were other family members, according to court documents, and he claimed he "wasn't 'into' those kinds of pictures."

Webb pleaded guilty June 20 in York County Court to one count of disseminating child pornography, a third-degree felony, according to court records.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

 

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