East Pikeland man jailed for soliciting 14-year-old to join sex ‘army'

WEST CHESTER — A Chester County man who boasted of having an “army” of teenagers whom he was instructing in the ways of sex will spend at least nine months in Chester County Prison.

Christopher D. Koukos, of East Pikeland, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Chester County Common Pleas Judge William Mahon to three counts of sexual abuse of children — the technical charge for possession of child pornography — and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

As part of a plea agreement between Assistant District Attorney Anthony F. Rock and defense attorney Robert J. Donatoni of West Chester, Koukos, 37, will serve a prison term of nine to 23 months, followed by six years probation.

Koukos, who appeared nervous during the brief proceeding and who was accompanied by his wife, said little during the hearing except to answer Mahon’s questions about the plea. He will be sentenced later, after an assessment by the state Sexual Offender’s Assessment Board on whether he should be classified a sexually violent predator. If he is found to be a predator, he will be required to report his address to state police for the rest of his life.

Koukos was arrested in February 2013, several months after he came to the attention of members of the Internet Crimes Against Children, or ICAC, national task force.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, an investigator from the Page County, Va., Police Department made contact with Koukos over the Internet in March 2011. Koukos believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old, and asked him to become a member of Koukos’ “army,” and allow Koukos to school him in sexual techniques. Koukos sent nude photos of himself to the person he thought was a teenager.

The two exchanged a series of chats and email messages discussing such matters over the next several months, before Koukos’ identity was determined.

Chester County Detective Joseph Walton, a member of the ICAC task force, went to Koukos’ home in October 2011 and interviewed him about the contact he had with the undercover investigator. Koukos admitted having the conversations. With a search warrant, Walton took from Koukos’ home a laptop computer, a desk computer, and three external hard drives.

Chester County County Detective Roy Calarese did a forensic examination of the hard-drives and found at least 10 images of children under 18 involved in sex acts. He also found evidence of earlier emails that Koukos had exchanged with young boys about sex.

Koukos remains free on bail while he waits for his sex offenders evaluation to be completed.

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