Fawn Grove man gets prison time for secretly filming sex with women, girls
A Fawn Grove man could spend up to two years in prison for secretly filming multiple women and girls having sex with him, according to online court records.
On Monday, Sept. 17, Alexander Joseph McAvoy, 23, pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault and eight counts of intercepting communications.
His numerous other charges, including corruption of minors, child pornography, unlawful dissemination of intimate image and invasion of privacy, were dropped, online court records state.
According to state police, McAvoy secretly filmed women performing sexual acts with him, and he threatened to release nude pictures of his underage ex-girlfriend if she didn't have sex with him.
McAvoy was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in York County Prison plus five years of probation, online court records state.
In an emailed statement, McAvoy's attorney, Chris Ferro, called McAvoy a great young man who is "capable of learning a brutally hard lesson" for his poor judgment and bad behavior.
“He is not a sexual predator. Technology, in this case computers and certain dating apps, have given immature young men the ability and opportunity to cause unanticipated harm to others. Alex never sought to hurt others but failed to appreciate the consequences of his behavior, which has been a trait of certain men, both young and old for hundreds of years.
"He is truly remorseful to the victims in this case and will do everything he can to make himself a better, more considerate, person in the future," Ferro wrote.
Threats: In early 2017, Maryland State Police contacted Pennsylvania State Police stating that McAvoy's ex-girlfriend, whom he had dated more than a year earlier, shared text messages alleging McAvoy threatened to release nude images of her.
His ex-girlfriend was between 15 and 16 years old in the images, police have said.
Police reviewed a text message conversation between McAvoy and his ex from December 2016, more than a year after the two had broken up, according to police.
During the exchange, McAvoy reveals he is using another phone to text her because she blocked his old number, documents state.
In the texts, McAvoy tells her he still has the pictures and videos of her, and when she asked if he was threatening to post them somewhere, police say he responded "maybe."
He then tells her he will send the roughly 20 videos and 15 pictures to her parents, documents state.
Police say he sent her a picture of a collage of the images on his computer screen. McAvoy texted her saying he could find her parents somehow "to show them," according to police.
Text messages show that he told her he wouldn't show her parents the images if she had sex with him, according to court documents
Computer: In February 2017, police seized McAvoy's phone and laptop, and police say his phone number matched the one that texted his ex the previous December.
While searching his computer, 10 videos of at least seven different women were found, court documents state.
Police say nine of the videos begin with McAvoy leaving the room shortly after the recording begins. He then enters the room with a woman, charging documents state.
McAvoy and the women recorded are engaged in sexual acts, according to police.
One of the videos shows McAvoy turning the camera on in a way to conceal it from the woman in the room, documents state.
McAvoy turns off the recording devices either after the women leave the room or in a way that conceals the device, according to police.
The videos were recorded in 2015 and 2016, court documents state.
Police spoke with the multiple victims in the videos, and all of them were unaware they were being recorded, according to charging documents.
One of the victims, 15 at the time, could be seen looking at the computer in the video, according to officials.
Police say in the video she asks if the camera is on, to which McAvoy replies "my charger is on, it's charging."
Online court records state that McAvoy is not to have any contact with the victim and he must complete sex offender treatment. He is to report to prison on Oct.12.
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