Attorney General Tom Corbett  announced Oct. 16 that agents from the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit arrested a Pike County man accused of using an internet chat room to sexually proposition what he believed was a 13-year old girl, along with transmitting illegal child pornography.


Attorney General Tom Corbett  announced Oct. 16 that agents from the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit arrested a Pike County man accused of using an internet chat room to sexually proposition what he believed was a 13-year old girl, along with transmitting illegal child pornography.

Corbett identified the defendant as Edward J. MacGregor, 62, of Milford.

Corbett said that MacGregor, a retired construction worker, allegedly used an internet chat room to approach an undercover agent from the Child Predator Unit who was using the online profile of a 13-year old girl. During their initial chat, MacGregor allegedly asked the “girl” about sexual activity, encouraged her to masturbate and sent adult pornography to her computer.

“Parents need to understand that online conversations can quickly escalate to include sexually graphic discussions or the transmission of pornographic material, often during the first chat,” Corbett said. “It is essential to regularly discuss online safety with children and stress the importance of immediately reporting any situation where strangers make sexual propositions, attempt to arrange meetings or send graphic photos or videos.”

According to the criminal complaint, MacGregor sent repeated sexual propositions to the undercover agent — instructing her to masturbate, asking her to send him nude photographs of herself and sending numerous pornographic photos, including several images that appeared to include nude children or children engaging in sexual activity (illegal child pornography).

MacGregor was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 14, by agents from the Child Predator Unit, assisted by Pennsylvania State Police from the Blooming Grove barracks.

MacGregor is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene or sexual materials), two counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to child pornography) and one count of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

MacGregor was preliminarily arraigned on Oct. 14 before Dingmans Ferry Magisterial District Judge Stephen McBride, who set bail at $25,000 cash.  MacGregor was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors and is prohibited from using the internet.  A preliminary hearing was held in the case Oct. 20.

MacGregor will be prosecuted in Pike County by Deputy Attorney General Michael A. Sprow of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit.