NORRISTOWN — A Birdsboro resident is among five men who are accused by federal and Montgomery County authorities with having inappropriate contact with a teenage boy from Limerick.
Mark David “Wilco” Wilczopolski, 22, of the 500 block of East Second Street, was indicted by federal authorities on Thursday for allegedly using the Internet to entice a teenage boy to engage in sexual conduct, to receive child pornography and to possess child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.
Montgomery County authorities previously charged Wilczopolski with unlawful contact or communications with a minor, disseminating explicit materials to a minor, criminal use of a communication facility and corruption of a minor in connection with incidents that occurred between May and October 2013 with the 14-year-old Limerick boy, according to court documents. Wilczopolski is already awaiting trial on those charges in county court.
The federal indictment against Wilczopolski was announced by Memeger at a joint news conference Friday with county District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, Limerick Police Chief William Albany and other federal officials. Wilczopolski was scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court Friday afternoon.
“Specifically, Wilczopolski is charged with using the Internet in the summer of 2013 to communicate sexually with a 14-year-old boy with whom he had exchanged nude and sexually explicit photographs,” Memeger alleged during the news conference.
Memeger explained the charges arose from the parents of the teenage boy notifying Limerick authorities in October 2013 that they had discovered “inappropriate online communications between their son and several adult males.”
“Further investigation revealed that the communications were of a sexual nature and that their son had been victimized by these adults both in person and over the Internet,” Memeger alleged.
Wilczopolski’s indictment represented the fourth man to be federally indicted during a joint investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, county detectives, Limerick police and members of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Unit.
Previously indicted federally on alleged child exploitation and child pornography-related charges involving the same 14-year-old boy are: Matthew D. Krapf, 44, of the 1300 block of Skippack Pike, Whitpain; Christopher Steele, 33, of Newark, Del.; and Jason Scott Becktold, 42, of Oklahoma City, Okla.
All four defendants are in federal custody, authorities said.
Like Wilczopolski, both Krapf and Steele also face charges in county court.
“This case highlights the dangers our children face when communicating with strangers online. An unfortunate reality of our world is there are adults willing to manipulate and exploit vulnerable youth for their own base motives,” Ferman said during the news conference.
A fifth man, Glenn Kriczky, 58, of the 800 block of Colonial Drive, Birdsboro, previously was arrested by Montgomery County authorities after an examination of the 14-year-old Limerick boy’s electronic devices revealed inappropriate communications with Kriczky. Kriczky and the victim allegedly exchanged nude images and videos via the Internet, according to a criminal complaint filed by county Detective Mary Anders.
Kriczky, who is charged with disseminating explicit materials to a minor, corruption of a minor, and unlawful contact with a minor remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail while awaiting trial before Judge Steven T. O’Neill, according to county authorities.
“The Internet continues to provide child predators and child pornographers with access to minor children who cannot appreciate the tremendous physical and mental dangers they face at the hands of criminals who prey on children for sex,” Memeger said at the news conference. “In order to combat this real and continuing threat, federal and state and local law enforcement partners must work together to bring those who victimize our children to justice.”
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