News Release | Monroe County Office of the District Attorney

East Stroudsburg man pleads guilty in child pornography case

December 6, 2017

Erik Samuel Decker, 22, of East Stroudsburg, pled guilty this morning in Monroe County court moments before his trial was set to begin on charges that he possessed and disseminated child pornography images online. 

Decker was arrested earlier this year following an investigation by detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney.  In March, Decker uploaded a photograph of a nude young girl, approximately eight (8) years old, lying on her back and covered in semen to the website Chatstep.com.  That image was discovered by the staff of Chatstep, who reported it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

That report was forwarded to Detective Brian Webbe of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, who handles cybercrime investigations as a member of the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

Investigation eventually led detectives to Decker’s apartment on Elk Street in East Stroudsburg.  Detectives, along with officers from the Stroud Area Regional Police Department, arrived at Decker’s apartment armed with a search warrant in June.  Inside investigators found a computer with forty-nine (49) images of child pornography depicting children between a few months old up to approximately ten (10) years old engaged in sex acts with adults. 

Further forensic analysis recovered additional evidence showing Decker was the individual responsible for the reported photograph having been uploaded to Chatstep.

The prosecution was assigned to Assistant District Attorney Julieane Fry.  It was ultimately her hard work and preparation coupled with Detective Webbe’s technical knowledge and expertise that proved pivotal in convincing Decker to accept responsibility for his actions and enter a plea of guilty. 

Decker pled guilty to one (1) count of disseminating child pornography and one (1) count of possessing child pornography, both graded as felonies of the second degree, as well as one (1) count of criminal use of a communication facility, graded as a felony of the third degree. 

Following the acceptance of his plea by Judge Stephen Higgins, Decker’s bail was increased to $50,000.  He was placed in the Monroe County Correctional Facility to await sentencing, which is tentatively scheduled for February 20, 2018, at 9:00 A.M.  Decker faces a maximum sentence of up to 27 years and / or a $65,000 fine.

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